LEN, MLM And CBI, 3 Materials & Construction Stocks Pushing The Industry Lower

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 67 points (-0.4%) at 17,031 as of Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,211 issues advancing vs. 1,801 declining with 159 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Vulcan Materials ( VMC), down 1.2%, NVR ( NVR), down 0.9% and Fastenal ( FAST), down 0.5%. A company within the industry that increased today was Tutor Perini ( TPC), up 2.3%.

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

3. Lennar ( LEN) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry lower today. As of noon trading, Lennar is down $0.23 (-0.6%) to $38.95 on light volume. Thus far, 761,438 shares of Lennar exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.80-$39.35 after having opened the day at $39.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.18.

Lennar Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, is engaged in homebuilding activities in the United States. Lennar has a market cap of $6.8 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 1.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Lennar a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lennar as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, increase in net income and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Lennar Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Martin Marietta Materials ( MLM) is down $1.90 (-1.4%) to $129.06 on light volume. Thus far, 204,589 shares of Martin Marietta Materials exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $129.06-$131.09 after having opened the day at $131.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $130.96.

Martin Marietta Materials, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, produces and sells aggregates for the construction industry. The company operates in four segments: Mid-America Group, Southeast Group, West Group, and Specialty Products. Martin Marietta Materials has a market cap of $8.8 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 31.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Martin Marietta Materials a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

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

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1. As of noon trading, Chicago Bridge & Iron Company ( CBI) is down $0.37 (-0.6%) to $63.05 on light volume. Thus far, 819,617 shares of Chicago Bridge & Iron Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $62.83-$63.95 after having opened the day at $63.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.42.

Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. provides conceptual design, technology, engineering, procurement, fabrication, modularization, construction, commissioning, maintenance, program management, and environmental services to customers in the energy infrastructure worldwide. Chicago Bridge & Iron Company has a market cap of $6.9 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 23.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Chicago Bridge & Iron Company a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

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