3 Stocks Dragging 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 36 points (0.2%) at 17,520 as of Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, 12:00 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,530 issues advancing vs. 1,416 declining with 183 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. A company within the industry that fell today was Vulcan Materials ( VMC), up 0.6%. Top gainers within the industry include Louisiana-Pacific ( LPX), up 4.8%, Foster Wheeler ( FWLT), up 2.4%, Quanta Services ( PWR), up 2.2%, Eagle Materials ( EXP), up 2.1% and Toll Brothers ( TOL), up 1.8%.

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

3. Matrix Service ( MTRX) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry lower today. As of noon trading, Matrix Service is down $3.36 (-13.6%) to $21.33 on heavy volume. Thus far, 365,858 shares of Matrix Service exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 397,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.07-$24.64 after having opened the day at $23.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.69.

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Matrix Service Company provides engineering, fabrication, infrastructure, construction, and maintenance services primarily to the oil, gas, power, petrochemical, industrial, and mining and minerals markets in the United States and Canada. Matrix Service has a market cap of $651.2 million and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 1.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Matrix Service a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Matrix Service 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, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Matrix Service Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Harsco ( HSC) is down $2.28 (-10.6%) to $19.26 on heavy volume. Thus far, 377,847 shares of Harsco exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 465,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $19.09-$21.31 after having opened the day at $20.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.54.

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Harsco Corporation provides industrial services and engineered products worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Harsco Metals and Minerals, Harsco Rail, and Harsco Industrial. Harsco has a market cap of $1.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 23.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Harsco a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Harsco as a hold. The company's strongest point has been its strong cash flow from operations. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Harsco Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, MDU Resources Group ( MDU) is down $0.69 (-2.6%) to $25.80 on light volume. Thus far, 321,722 shares of MDU Resources Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 914,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $25.77-$26.52 after having opened the day at $26.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.49.

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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 $5.0 billion and is part of the utilities sector. Shares are down 13.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate MDU Resources Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 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 impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and revenue growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full MDU Resources Group 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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