3 Stocks Dragging The Materials & Construction Industry Downward

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 37 points (-0.2%) at 16,809 as of Friday, June 27, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,843 issues advancing vs. 1,114 declining with 177 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. A company within the industry that fell today was James Hardie Industries ( JHX), up 1.5%. Top gainers within the industry include MasTec ( MTZ), up 2.1%, Clean Harbors ( CLH), up 1.3%, Rayonier ( RYN), up 1.0%, MDU Resources Group ( MDU), up 1.0% and Sherwin-Williams ( SHW), up 0.7%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

3. Empresas ICA SAB de CV ( ICA) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry lower today. As of noon trading, Empresas ICA SAB de CV is down $0.26 (-3.2%) to $7.74 on heavy volume. Thus far, 985,493 shares of Empresas ICA SAB de CV exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 311,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $7.58-$7.97 after having opened the day at $7.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $8.00.

Empresas ICA, S.A.B. de C.V., through its subsidiaries, operates as an infrastructure and construction company in Mexico and Latin America. Empresas ICA SAB de CV has a market cap of $1.3 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 5.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Empresas ICA SAB de CV a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Empresas ICA SAB de CV as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, generally high debt management risk and poor profit margins. Get the full Empresas ICA SAB de CV Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Masco ( MAS) is down $0.12 (-0.5%) to $22.01 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Masco exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.81-$22.17 after having opened the day at $22.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.13.

Masco Corporation manufactures, distributes, and installs home improvement and building products in North America and internationally. Masco has a market cap of $7.9 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 2.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Masco a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Masco as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in stock price during the past year and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Masco Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, DR Horton ( DHI) is down $0.25 (-1.1%) to $23.63 on average volume. Thus far, 2.7 million shares of DR Horton exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $23.36-$24.03 after having opened the day at $23.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.88.

D.R. Horton, Inc. operates as a homebuilding company. It is engaged in the acquisition and development of land; and construction and sale of residential homes in 27 states and 78 markets in the United States under the D.R. Horton, America's Builder, Emerald Homes, and Breland Homes. DR Horton has a market cap of $7.8 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 7.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate DR Horton a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates DR Horton as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, increase in net income, attractive valuation levels, growth in earnings per share and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full DR Horton Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the materials & construction industry could consider SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF ( XHB) while those bearish on the materials & construction industry could consider ProShares Short Basic Materials Fd ( SBM).

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