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 10 points (0.1%) at 14,085 as of Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, 12:04 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,607 issues advancing vs. 1,243 declining with 160 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include Martin Marietta Materials ( MLM), up 1.0%, and MDU Resources Group ( MDU), up 1.1%.

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

5. Rayonier ( RYN) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry higher today. As of noon trading, Rayonier is up $0.36 (0.6%) to $55.87 on light volume Thus far, 203,065 shares of Rayonier exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 694,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $55.44-$56.02 after having opened the day at $55.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.51.

Rayonier, Inc. engages in the sale and development of real estate and timberland management, as well as in the production and sale of cellulose fibers in the United States, New Zealand, and Australia. Rayonier has a market cap of $6.7 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Rayonier a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Rayonier as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income, revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Rayonier Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Quanta Services ( PWR) is up $0.19 (0.7%) to $28.23 on average volume Thus far, 806,914 shares of Quanta Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.87-$28.36 after having opened the day at $28.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.04.

Quanta Services, Inc. provides specialty contracting services primarily in North America. Quanta Services has a market cap of $6.2 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Quanta Services a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Quanta Services 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Quanta Services Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Chicago Bridge & Iron Company ( CBI) is up $2.04 (3.8%) to $55.06 on heavy volume Thus far, 2.6 million shares of Chicago Bridge & Iron Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $54.50-$55.99 after having opened the day at $55.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.02.

Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. provides conceptual design, technology, engineering, procurement, fabrication, construction, and commissioning services to energy and natural resource industries worldwide. Chicago Bridge & Iron Company has a market cap of $5.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Chicago Bridge & Iron Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chicago Bridge & Iron Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Chicago Bridge & Iron Company Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Sherwin-Williams Company ( SHW) is up $1.29 (0.8%) to $162.52 on average volume Thus far, 422,783 shares of Sherwin-Williams Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 879,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $161.10-$163.29 after having opened the day at $161.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $161.23.

The Sherwin-Williams Company engages in the development, manufacture, distribution, and sale of paints, coatings, and related products to professional, industrial, commercial, and retail customers primarily in North and South America, the Caribbean region, Europe, and Asia. Sherwin-Williams Company has a market cap of $16.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Sherwin-Williams Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sherwin-Williams Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Sherwin-Williams Company Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Cemex S.A.B. de C.V ( CX) is up $0.13 (1.2%) to $10.78 on average volume Thus far, 7.1 million shares of Cemex S.A.B. de C.V exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $10.57-$10.85 after having opened the day at $10.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.65.

CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V., through its subsidiaries, engages in the production, marketing, distribution, and sale of cement, ready-mix concrete, aggregates, and other construction materials worldwide. Cemex S.A.B. de C.V has a market cap of $11.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 3.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Cemex S.A.B. de C.V a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cemex S.A.B. de C.V as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income and poor profit margins. Get the full Cemex S.A.B. de C.V Ratings Report now.

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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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