3 Stocks Underperforming Today In The Materials & Construction Industry

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 22 points (0.1%) at 17,036 as of Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,316 issues advancing vs. 1,661 declining with 150 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Fluor ( FLR), down 2.2%, USG ( USG), down 0.9%, James Hardie Industries ( JHX), down 0.8% and MDU Resources Group ( MDU), down 0.7%.

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

3. NVR ( NVR) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry lower today. As of noon trading, NVR is down $10.73 (-0.9%) to $1,139.52 on average volume. Thus far, 17,372 shares of NVR exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 34,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $1,132.00-$1,149.69 after having opened the day at $1,149.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1,150.25.

NVR, Inc. operates as a homebuilder in the United States. The company operates through Homebuilding and Mortgage Banking segments. NVR has a market cap of $4.8 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 12.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates NVR a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates NVR as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its 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 NVR Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Owens-Corning ( OC) is down $0.47 (-1.4%) to $34.03 on average volume. Thus far, 609,758 shares of Owens-Corning exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.93-$34.62 after having opened the day at $34.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.50.

Owens Corning, together with its subsidiaries, produces and sells glass fiber reinforcements and other materials for composite systems; and residential and commercial building materials worldwide. It operates in two segments, Composites and Building Materials. Owens-Corning has a market cap of $4.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 15.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Owens-Corning a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Owens-Corning as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Owens-Corning Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Armstrong World Industries ( AWI) is down $0.68 (-1.1%) to $58.65 on light volume. Thus far, 238,337 shares of Armstrong World Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $58.40-$59.20 after having opened the day at $59.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.33.

Armstrong World Industries, Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells flooring products and ceiling systems worldwide. Armstrong World Industries has a market cap of $3.2 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 3.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Armstrong World Industries a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

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