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5 Materials & Construction Stocks Driving The Industry Higher

Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.

All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 82 points (-0.5%) at 15,473 as of Friday, July 26, 2013, 12:49 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,028 issues advancing vs. 1,878 declining with 105 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits down 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%. A company within the industry that fell today was James Hardie Industries ( JHX), up 2.2%.

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

5. Vulcan Materials Company ( VMC) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry higher today. As of noon trading, Vulcan Materials Company is up $0.56 (1.2%) to $48.64 on heavy volume. Thus far, 508,211 shares of Vulcan Materials Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 593,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $47.69-$48.70 after having opened the day at $47.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.08.

Vulcan Materials Company engages in the production and sale of construction aggregates, as well as asphalt mix, ready-mixed concrete, and cement primarily in the United States. The company operates in four segments: Aggregates, Concrete, Asphalt Mix, and Cement. Vulcan Materials Company has a market cap of $6.4 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 7.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Vulcan Materials Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vulcan Materials Company as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Vulcan Materials Company Ratings Report now.

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