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All three major indices are trading up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 234 points (1.3%) at 18,060 as of Monday, April 20, 2015, 1:15 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,313 issues advancing vs. 675 declining with 139 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 1.0%. Top gainers within the industry include

MDU Resources Group

(

MDU

), up 2.2%,

Plum Creek Timber

(

PCL

), up 0.9%,

Stericycle

(

SRCL

), up 0.8% and

Weyerhaeuser

(

WY

), up 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include

Progressive Waste Solutions

(

BIN

), down 5.0%, and

NVR

(

NVR

), down 0.8%.

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 $0.28 (1.1%) to $25.93 on average volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Masco exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $25.66-$25.95 after having opened the day at $25.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.65.

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Masco Corporation manufactures, distributes, and installs home improvement and building products worldwide. Masco has a market cap of $9.0 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 1.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Masco a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Masco

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, reasonable valuation levels, compelling growth in net income and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full

Masco Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

Waste Management

(

WM

) is up $0.39 (0.7%) to $53.27 on light volume. Thus far, 748,725 shares of Waste Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $53.14-$53.44 after having opened the day at $53.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.88.

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Waste Management, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides various waste management environmental services to residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers in North America. Waste Management has a market cap of $24.7 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 3.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Waste Management a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Waste Management

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full

Waste Management Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Fastenal

(

FAST

) is up $0.24 (0.6%) to $40.78 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Fastenal exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.44-$40.96 after having opened the day at $40.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.54.

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Fastenal Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the wholesale distribution of industrial and construction supplies in the United States, Canada, and internationally. The company offers fasteners, and other industrial and construction supplies primarily under the Fastenal name. Fastenal has a market cap of $12.1 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 14.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Fastenal a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Fastenal

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, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full

Fastenal 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

).

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