5 Stocks Pushing The Materials & Construction Industry Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 10 points (-0.1%) at 13,082 as of Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, 1:34 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,351 issues advancing vs. 1,574 declining with 129 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits up 1.0% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include USG ( USG), up 2.9%, Chicago Bridge & Iron Company ( CBI), up 1.8%, Quanta Services ( PWR), up 2.0% and Republic Services ( RSG), up 0.3%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

5. Fluor Corporation ( FLR) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry higher today. As of noon trading, Fluor Corporation is up $0.86 (1.6%) to $52.87 on light volume Thus far, 945,842 shares of Fluor Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $51.45-$52.97 after having opened the day at $51.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.01.

Fluor Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides engineering, procurement, construction, maintenance, and project management services worldwide. Fluor Corporation has a market cap of $9.6 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Fluor Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fluor Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Fluor Corporation Ratings Report now.

4. As of noon trading, Toll Brothers ( TOL) is up $0.70 (2.2%) to $32.90 on light volume Thus far, 969,187 shares of Toll Brothers exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.15-$32.93 after having opened the day at $32.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.20.

Toll Brothers, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, builds, markets, and arranges finance for single-family detached and attached homes in luxury residential communities. Toll Brothers has a market cap of $5.6 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 61.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 57.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Toll Brothers a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Toll Brothers as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Toll Brothers Ratings Report now.

3. As of noon trading, DR Horton ( DHI) is up $0.46 (2.2%) to $21.50 on light volume Thus far, 1.4 million shares of DR Horton exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.00-$21.53 after having opened the day at $21.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.04.

D.R. Horton, Inc. operates as a homebuilding company in the United States. The company's Homebuilding segment engages in the acquisition and development of land, and construction and sale of residential homes in 25 states and 73 markets in the United States primarily under the D.R. DR Horton has a market cap of $7.0 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 73.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate DR Horton a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates DR Horton as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full DR Horton Ratings Report now.

2. As of noon trading, Lennar Corporation ( LEN) is up $0.96 (2.6%) to $38.26 on light volume Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Lennar Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.09-$38.27 after having opened the day at $37.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.31.

Lennar Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in homebuilding, financial services, and real estate businesses in the United States. Lennar Corporation has a market cap of $6.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 94.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Lennar Corporation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lennar Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income and impressive record of earnings per share growth. 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 Lennar Corporation Ratings Report now.

1. As of noon trading, PulteGroup ( PHM) is up $0.47 (2.7%) to $17.84 on light volume Thus far, 3.2 million shares of PulteGroup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $17.18-$17.86 after having opened the day at $17.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.37.

PulteGroup, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in homebuilding and financial services businesses primarily in the United States. PulteGroup has a market cap of $6.9 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 42.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 181.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate PulteGroup a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PulteGroup as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, premium valuation and poor profit margins. Get the full PulteGroup Ratings Report now.

If you are interested in one of these 5 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).

A reminder about TheStreet Ratings group: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.
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