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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 41 points (-0.2%) at 18,075 as of Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,371 issues advancing vs. 1,586 declining with 175 unchanged.

The Industrial Goods sector currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. Top gainers within the sector include

PulteGroup

(

PHM

), up 2.7%,

Toll Brothers

(

TOL

), up 1.5%,

CNH Industrial

(

CNHI

), up 1.5%,

Nidec

(

NJ

), up 1.3% and

Masco

(

MAS

), up 1.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include

Caterpillar

(

CAT

), down 0.8%, and

Boeing

(

BA

), down 0.6%.

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

3.

Cummins

(

CMI

) is one of the companies pushing the Industrial Goods sector higher today. As of noon trading, Cummins is up $0.88 (0.6%) to $139.26 on light volume. Thus far, 415,421 shares of Cummins exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $138.56-$140.06 after having opened the day at $139.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $138.38.

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Cummins Inc. designs, manufactures, distributes, and services diesel and natural gas engines, and engine-related component products. It operates through four segments: Engine, Distribution, Components, and Power Generation. Cummins has a market cap of $25.2 billion and is part of the industrial industry. Shares are down 4.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 12 analysts who rate Cummins a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Cummins

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, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full

Cummins Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

3M

(

MMM

) is up $1.01 (0.6%) to $167.14 on average volume. Thus far, 910,615 shares of 3M exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $165.53-$167.65 after having opened the day at $165.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $166.13.

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3M Company operates as a diversified technology company worldwide. 3M has a market cap of $105.7 billion and is part of the industrial industry. Shares are up 1.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate 3M a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

3M

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, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full

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now.

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1. As of noon trading,

United Technologies

(

UTX

) is up $1.08 (0.9%) to $119.76 on light volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of United Technologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $118.25-$120.18 after having opened the day at $119.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $118.68.

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United Technologies Corporation provides technology products and services to building systems and aerospace industries worldwide. United Technologies has a market cap of $108.5 billion and is part of the aerospace/defense industry. Shares are up 3.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate United Technologies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

United Technologies

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full

United Technologies 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 industrial goods sector could consider

Industrial Select Sector SPDR

(

XLI

) while those bearish on the industrial goods sector could consider

ProShares Short Dow 30

(

DOG

).

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