3 Stocks Pulling The Materials & Construction Industry Downward

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 81 points (0.5%) at 17,082 as of Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,780 issues advancing vs. 1,159 declining with 188 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.4%. A company within the industry that fell today was James Hardie Industries ( JHX), up 1.0%.

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

3. Toll Brothers ( TOL) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry lower today. As of noon trading, Toll Brothers is down $0.39 (-1.1%) to $35.18 on average volume. Thus far, 874,117 shares of Toll Brothers exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.14-$35.86 after having opened the day at $35.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.57.

Toll Brothers, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, builds, markets, and arranges finance for detached and attached homes in luxury residential communities in the Unites States. It is also involved in building and selling homes in urban infill markets. Toll Brothers has a market cap of $6.3 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 3.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Toll Brothers a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Toll Brothers 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, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Toll Brothers Ratings Report now.

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