5 Stocks Pushing The Materials & Construction Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 23 points (-0.2%) at 13,146 as of Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, 11:50 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,344 issues advancing vs. 1,517 declining with 152 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include MasTec ( MTZ), down 1.0%, NVR ( NVR), down 1.4%, James Hardie Industries ( JHX), down 1.6%, Foster Wheeler ( FWLT), down 1.3% and PulteGroup ( PHM), down 0.7%.

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

5. Granite Construction ( GVA) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry higher today. As of noon trading, Granite Construction is up $0.76 (2.4%) to $32.40 on average volume Thus far, 114,077 shares of Granite Construction exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 230,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $31.53-$32.63 after having opened the day at $31.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.64.

Granite Construction Incorporated, through its subsidiaries, operates as a heavy civil contractor and a construction materials producer for public and private sector clients in the United States. Granite Construction has a market cap of $1.2 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 33.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Granite Construction a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

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

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