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Materials & Construction Stocks On The Rise With Help From 3 Stocks

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 14 points (-0.1%) at 16,929 as of Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 966 issues advancing vs. 1,989 declining with 165 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include Matrix Service ( MTRX), up 7.2%, and James Hardie Industries ( JHX), up 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include EMCOR Group ( EME), down 1.6%, Darling Ingredients ( DAR), down 1.3%, Rayonier ( RYN), down 0.8%, NVR ( NVR), down 0.8% and Plum Creek Timber ( PCL), down 0.7%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

3. Vulcan Materials ( VMC) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry higher today. As of noon trading, Vulcan Materials is up $1.02 (1.6%) to $64.42 on light volume. Thus far, 274,224 shares of Vulcan Materials exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 934,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $63.35-$64.52 after having opened the day at $63.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.40.

Vulcan Materials Company produces and sells construction aggregates, asphalt mix, ready-mixed concrete, and cement primarily in the United States. The company's Aggregates segment offers crushed stone, sand and gravel, sand, and other aggregates, as well as related products and services. Vulcan Materials has a market cap of $8.3 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 6.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Vulcan Materials a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vulcan Materials as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Vulcan Materials Ratings Report now.

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