All three major indices are trading up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 44 points (0.3%) at 17,560 as of Monday, March 28, 2016, 1:00 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,693 issues advancing vs. 1,250 declining with 166 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include

USG

(

USG

), up 2.2%,

Eagle Materials

(

EXP

), up 1.7%,

Weyerhaeuser

(

WY

), up 1.3%,

Owens-Corning

(

OC

), up 1.3% and

PulteGroup

(

PHM

), up 1.2%.

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

3.

Masco

(

MAS

) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry higher today. As of noon trading, Masco is up $0.24 (0.8%) to $31.13 on light volume. Thus far, 540,347 shares of Masco exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.88-$31.20 after having opened the day at $30.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.89.

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Masco Corporation designs, manufactures, markets, and distributes home improvement and building products in North America and internationally. Masco has a market cap of $10.3 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 9.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Masco a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Masco

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance and revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins. Get the full

Masco Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

D.R. Horton

(

DHI

) is up $0.18 (0.6%) to $29.58 on light volume. Thus far, 830,159 shares of D.R. Horton exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $29.28-$29.74 after having opened the day at $29.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.40.

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D.R. Horton, Inc. operates as a homebuilding company. It engages in the acquisition and development of land; and construction and sale of homes in 27 states and 79 markets in the United States under the names of D.R. D.R. Horton has a market cap of $10.9 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 8.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate D.R. Horton a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

D.R. Horton

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and reasonable valuation levels. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full

D.R. Horton Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Sherwin-Williams

(

SHW

) is up $3.01 (1.1%) to $284.36 on light volume. Thus far, 284,059 shares of Sherwin-Williams exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 955,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $281.74-$284.93 after having opened the day at $282.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $281.35.

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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, the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia. Sherwin-Williams has a market cap of $26.0 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 8.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts who 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. 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

).