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5 Materials & Construction Stocks Nudging The Industry Higher

All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) trading up 63 points (0.4%) at 15,199 as of Monday, July 8, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,878 issues advancing vs. 1,083 declining with 93 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits up 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which is up 1.0%. Top gainers within the industry include Clean Harbors (CLH), up 2.9%, MDU Resources Group (MDU), up 1.7%, Waste Connections (WCN), up 1.4% and Weyerhaeuser (WY), up 1.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include James Hardie Industries (JHX), down 1.4%, Lennar Corporation (LEN), down 1.0%, PulteGroup (PHM), down 0.8% and DR Horton (DHI), down 0.6%.

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

5. Plum Creek Timber (PCL) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry higher today. As of noon trading, Plum Creek Timber is up $0.45 (1.0%) to $46.93 on light volume. Thus far, 348,566 shares of Plum Creek Timber exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 959,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.47-$47.22 after having opened the day at $46.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.48.

Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust (REIT). The trust owns and manages timberlands in the United States. Its products include lumber products, plywood, medium density fiberboard, and related by-products, such as wood chips. Plum Creek Timber has a market cap of $7.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 4.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Plum Creek Timber a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Plum Creek Timber as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Plum Creek Timber Ratings Report now.

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