4 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 51 points (0.4%) at 14,033 as of Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, 11:50 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,948 issues advancing vs. 943 declining with 147 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.5%. A company within the industry that increased today was James Hardie Industries ( JHX), up 1.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Armstrong World Industries ( AWI), down 3.2%, Sherwin-Williams Company ( SHW), down 2.0% and Waste Connections ( WCN), down 1.5%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

4. MDU Resources Group ( MDU) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry higher today. As of noon trading, MDU Resources Group is up $0.38 (1.6%) to $24.33 on average volume Thus far, 325,202 shares of MDU Resources Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 669,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $23.95-$24.34 after having opened the day at $23.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.95.

MDU Resources Group, Inc. operates as a diversified natural resource company in the United States. The company generates, transmits, and distributes electricity, as well as distributes natural gas. MDU Resources Group has a market cap of $4.5 billion and is part of the utilities sector. Shares are up 12.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate MDU Resources Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MDU Resources Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full MDU Resources Group Ratings Report now.

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