All three major indices are trading up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 70 points (0.4%) at 17,562 as of Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,588 issues advancing vs. 1,312 declining with 168 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include

Martin Marietta Materials

(

MLM

), down 1.1%, and

Vulcan Materials

(

VMC

), down 1.0%.

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

3.

Eagle Materials

(

EXP

) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry lower today. As of noon trading, Eagle Materials is down $1.12 (-1.8%) to $61.56 on light volume. Thus far, 127,852 shares of Eagle Materials exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 848,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $61.47-$63.28 after having opened the day at $62.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.68.

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Eagle Materials Inc. produces and sells construction products and building materials used in residential, industrial, commercial, and infrastructure construction; and products used in oil and natural gas extraction in the United States. Eagle Materials has a market cap of $3.2 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 17.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Eagle Materials a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Eagle Materials

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full

Eagle Materials Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

Masco

(

MAS

) is down $0.33 (-1.1%) to $28.97 on light volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Masco exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $28.94-$29.41 after having opened the day at $29.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.30.

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Masco Corporation manufactures, distributes, and installs home improvement and building products worldwide. Masco has a market cap of $10.0 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 16.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Masco a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Masco

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full

Masco Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Sherwin-Williams

(

SHW

) is down $0.97 (-0.4%) to $266.74 on light volume. Thus far, 129,692 shares of Sherwin-Williams exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $266.20-$269.99 after having opened the day at $269.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $267.71.

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The Sherwin-Williams Company develops, manufactures, distributes, and sells paints, coatings, and related products to professional, industrial, commercial, and retail customers primarily in North and South America. Sherwin-Williams has a market cap of $25.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 1.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Sherwin-Williams a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Sherwin-Williams

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, impressive record of earnings per share growth and increase in net income. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full

Sherwin-Williams Ratings Report

now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the materials & construction industry could consider

SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF

(

XHB

) while those bearish on the materials & construction industry could consider

ProShares Short Basic Materials Fd

(

SBM

).