3 Stocks Pulling The Materials & Construction Industry Downward

One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 19 points (0.1%) at 16,403 as of Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,924 issues advancing vs. 1,044 declining with 160 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Abengoa ( ABGB), down 7.2%, and Weyerhaeuser ( WY), down 0.5%. Top gainers within the industry include Matrix Service ( MTRX), up 8.1%, USG ( USG), up 1.9%, Clean Harbors ( CLH), up 1.9%, Plum Creek Timber ( PCL), up 1.0% and Waste Connections ( WCN), up 0.9%.

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

3. Ryland Group ( RYL) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry lower today. As of noon trading, Ryland Group is down $0.86 (-1.9%) to $44.03 on average volume. Thus far, 229,931 shares of Ryland Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 569,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $43.94-$45.72 after having opened the day at $45.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.89.

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The Ryland Group, Inc. operates as a homebuilder and a mortgage-finance company in the United States. It engages in building single-family detached homes and attached homes, such as townhomes and condominiums. Ryland Group has a market cap of $2.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 16.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Ryland Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ryland Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, solid stock price performance, increase in net income and growth in earnings per share. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Ryland Group Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Lennar ( LEN) is down $0.33 (-0.6%) to $51.42 on heavy volume. Thus far, 3.0 million shares of Lennar exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $51.33-$53.39 after having opened the day at $53.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.75.

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Lennar Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the homebuilding activities in the United States. Lennar has a market cap of $9.2 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 15.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Lennar a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel its 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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1. As of noon trading, DR Horton ( DHI) is down $0.55 (-1.7%) to $31.06 on heavy volume. Thus far, 4.6 million shares of DR Horton exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.93-$31.96 after having opened the day at $31.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.61.

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D.R. Horton, Inc. operates as a homebuilding company. It is engaged in the acquisition and development of land; and construction and sale of residential homes in 27 states and 79 markets in the United States under the names of D.R. DR Horton has a market cap of $11.8 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 25.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate DR Horton a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates DR Horton as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full DR Horton 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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