3 Stocks Pulling The 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 down 10 points (-0.1%) at 17,605 as of Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, 12:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,473 issues advancing vs. 1,490 declining with 167 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Lennar ( LEN), down 1.9%, and Rayonier ( RYN), down 1.4%.

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 $0.26 (-1.0%) to $25.45 on light volume. Thus far, 305,263 shares of MDU Resources Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 967,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $25.34-$25.61 after having opened the day at $25.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.71.

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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 15.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate MDU Resources Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 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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2. As of noon trading, Weyerhaeuser ( WY) is down $0.19 (-0.6%) to $34.06 on average volume. Thus far, 1.9 million shares of Weyerhaeuser exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.89-$34.36 after having opened the day at $34.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.25.

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Weyerhaeuser Company, a forest products company, grows and harvests trees, builds homes, and manufactures forest products worldwide. It grows and harvests trees for use as lumber, other wood and building products, and pulp and paper. Weyerhaeuser has a market cap of $18.0 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 8.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Weyerhaeuser a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Weyerhaeuser as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and reasonable valuation levels. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Weyerhaeuser Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Sherwin-Williams ( SHW) is down $0.86 (-0.4%) to $236.21 on light volume. Thus far, 93,947 shares of Sherwin-Williams exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 561,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $235.42-$237.70 after having opened the day at $236.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $237.07.

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The Sherwin-Williams Company is engaged in the development, manufacture, distribution, and sale of paints, coatings, and related products to professional, industrial, commercial, and retail customers worldwide. Sherwin-Williams has a market cap of $22.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 29.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Sherwin-Williams a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sherwin-Williams as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. 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 Sherwin-Williams 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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