MDU, CX And MAS, 3 Materials & Construction Stocks Pushing The Industry Lower

Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 14 points (-0.1%) at 17,773 as of Wednesday, June 1, 2016, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,608 issues advancing vs. 1,334 declining with 152 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Fluor ( FLR), down 1.4%, Weyerhaeuser ( WY), down 0.9% and Martin Marietta Materials ( MLM), down 0.8%.

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 $0.27 (-1.2%) to $22.60 on light volume. Thus far, 219,451 shares of MDU Resources Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 901,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $22.54-$22.86 after having opened the day at $22.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.87.

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MDU Resources Group, Inc. operates as a diversified natural resource company in the United States. Its Electric segment generates, transmits, and distributes electricity in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming. MDU Resources Group has a market cap of $4.3 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 24.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 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 revenue growth, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel its 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 $0.05 (-0.8%) to $6.31 on average volume. Thus far, 4.7 million shares of Cemex SAB de CV exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $6.20-$6.31 after having opened the day at $6.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $6.36.

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CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V. produces, markets, distributes, and sells cement, ready-mix concrete, aggregates, and other construction materials in Mexico and internationally. Cemex SAB de CV has a market cap of $9.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 14.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Cemex SAB de CV a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cemex SAB de CV as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins. Get the full Cemex SAB de CV Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Masco ( MAS) is down $0.20 (-0.6%) to $32.44 on light volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Masco exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.22-$32.58 after having opened the day at $32.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.64.

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Masco Corporation designs, manufactures, markets, and distributes home improvement and building products in North America and internationally. Masco has a market cap of $10.9 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 15.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Masco a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

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