USG, EXP And FLR, Pushing Materials & Construction Industry Downward

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 7 points (0.0%) at 16,563 as of Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,349 issues advancing vs. 1,605 declining with 179 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Chicago Bridge & Iron Company ( CBI), down 2.1%, DR Horton ( DHI), down 0.9% and James Hardie Industries ( JHX), down 0.8%. A company within the industry that increased today was Weyerhaeuser ( WY), up 0.9%.

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

3. USG ( USG) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry lower today. As of noon trading, USG is down $0.41 (-1.5%) to $26.98 on light volume. Thus far, 672,409 shares of USG exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $26.78-$27.35 after having opened the day at $27.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.39.

USG Corporation, through its subsidiaries, operates as a manufacturer and distributor of building materials worldwide. It operates in three segments: North American Gypsum, Worldwide Ceilings, and Building Products Distribution. USG has a market cap of $4.0 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 3.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate USG a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates USG as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins. Get the full USG Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Eagle Materials ( EXP) is down $1.32 (-1.4%) to $92.36 on light volume. Thus far, 135,453 shares of Eagle Materials exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 668,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $92.04-$93.73 after having opened the day at $93.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $93.68.

Eagle Materials Inc. manufactures and distributes building products used in residential, industrial, commercial, and infrastructure construction in the United States. The company operates in four segments: Cement, Gypsum Wallboard, Recycled Paperboard, and Concrete and Aggregates. Eagle Materials has a market cap of $4.7 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 21.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Eagle Materials a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Eagle Materials as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Eagle Materials Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Fluor ( FLR) is down $0.42 (-0.6%) to $72.58 on light volume. Thus far, 239,676 shares of Fluor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $72.45-$73.44 after having opened the day at $72.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $73.00.

Fluor Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides engineering, procurement, construction, fabrication and modularization, commissioning and maintenance, and project management services worldwide. Fluor has a market cap of $11.4 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 9.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate Fluor a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fluor as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Fluor 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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