MDU, CX And CBI, Pushing 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 up 22 points (0.1%) at 17,010 as of Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 891 issues advancing vs. 2,107 declining with 158 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits down 1.0% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Weyerhaeuser ( WY), down 0.7%, and Sherwin-Williams ( SHW), down 0.5%.

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

3. MDU Resources Group ( MDU) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry lower today. As of noon trading, MDU Resources Group is down $1.50 (-5.0%) to $28.67 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of MDU Resources Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 559,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.43-$28.74 after having opened the day at $28.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.17.

MDU Resources Group, Inc. operates as a diversified natural resource company in the United States. The company's Electric segment generates, transmits, and distributes electricity in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming. MDU Resources Group has a market cap of $6.0 billion and is part of the utilities sector. Shares are down 1.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate MDU Resources Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MDU Resources Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full MDU Resources Group Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Cemex SAB de CV ( CX) is down $0.14 (-1.1%) to $13.15 on light volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Cemex SAB de CV exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $13.15-$13.29 after having opened the day at $13.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.29.

CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V. produces, markets, distributes, and sells cement, ready-mix concrete, clinker, aggregates, and other construction materials for home construction and concrete pavement applications. Cemex SAB de CV has a market cap of $15.8 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 12.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Cemex SAB de CV a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cemex SAB de CV as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. Get the full Cemex SAB de CV Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Chicago Bridge & Iron Company ( CBI) is down $1.00 (-1.6%) to $60.90 on light volume. Thus far, 396,064 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 $60.88-$61.79 after having opened the day at $61.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.90.

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 $6.7 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 25.6% 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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