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Today's Stocks Driving Success For The Materials & Construction Industry

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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 7 points (0.0%) at 14,818 as of Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, 12:45 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,623 issues advancing vs. 1,312 declining with 88 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. A company within the industry that increased today was James Hardie Industries ( JHX), up 2.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Clean Harbors ( CLH), down 1.9%, Rayonier ( RYN), down 1.6% and Weyerhaeuser ( WY), down 1.5%.

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 $0.63 (1.3%) to $48.43 on average volume. Thus far, 322,642 shares of Vulcan Materials Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 609,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.27-$48.99 after having opened the day at $48.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.80.

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 $6.2 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. 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, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins. Get the full Vulcan Materials Company Ratings Report now.

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