5 Stocks Pushing The Materials & Construction Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 22 points (0.2%) at 12,810 as of Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,635 issues advancing vs. 1,204 declining with 167 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.0%. Top gainers within the industry include Griffon Corporation ( GFF), up 7.2%, McDermott International ( MDR), up 2.4%, James Hardie Industries ( JHX), up 1.9%, Masco Corporation ( MAS), up 1.2% and Lennar Corporation ( LEN), up 1.5%.

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

5. Stericycle Incorporated ( SRCL) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry higher today. As of noon trading, Stericycle Incorporated is up $0.60 (0.7%) to $91.14 on light volume Thus far, 105,503 shares of Stericycle Incorporated exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 424,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $90.38-$91.39 after having opened the day at $90.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $90.54.

Stericycle, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides regulated waste management and related services. Stericycle Incorporated has a market cap of $7.7 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 16.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Stericycle Incorporated a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Stericycle Incorporated as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full Stericycle Incorporated Ratings Report now.

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