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Materials & Construction Stocks On The Rise With Help From 5 Stocks

Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model

All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 65 points (-0.4%) at 15,111 as of Friday, June 14, 2013, 12:45 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,604 issues advancing vs. 474 declining with 57 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits down 0.13 versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.25. Top gainers within the industry include MasTec ( MTZ), up 2.4%, Ryland Group ( RYL), up 2.1%, Standard Pacific ( SPF), up 1.7%, Lennar Corporation ( LEN), up 1.7% and NVR ( NVR), up 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Plum Creek Timber ( PCL), down 0.71, and Masco Corporation ( MAS), down 0.38.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

5. KB Home ( KBH) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry higher today. As of noon trading, KB Home is up $0.56 (2.60) to $22.13 on average volume Thus far, 2.2 million shares of KB Home exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.49-$22.25 after having opened the day at $21.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.57.

KB Home operates as a homebuilding and financial services company in the United States. The company constructs and sells various homes, including attached and detached single-family residential homes, townhomes, and condominiums primarily for first-time, move-up, and active adult homebuyers. KB Home has a market cap of $1.7 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 36.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate KB Home a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates KB Home as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins. Get the full KB Home Ratings Report now.

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