4 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 24 points (-0.2%) at 14,029 as of Friday, March 1, 2013, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,249 issues advancing vs. 1,609 declining with 131 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the industry include Cemex S.A.B. de C.V ( CX), up 0.6%, and Sherwin-Williams Company ( SHW), up 0.4%. A company within the industry that fell today was Fluor Corporation ( FLR), up 2.2%.

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

4. Texas Industries ( TXI) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry higher today. As of noon trading, Texas Industries is up $2.19 (3.8%) to $60.24 on average volume Thus far, 162,437 shares of Texas Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 330,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $57.34-$60.98 after having opened the day at $57.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.05.

Texas Industries, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of heavy construction materials in the southwestern United States. It operates in three segments: Cement, Aggregates, and Consumer Products. Texas Industries has a market cap of $1.6 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 80.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Texas Industries a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Texas Industries as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. Get the full Texas Industries Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, MasTec ( MTZ) is up $0.92 (3.0%) to $31.01 on heavy volume Thus far, 1.5 million shares of MasTec exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 957,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $28.27-$31.28 after having opened the day at $29.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.09.

MasTec, Inc., an infrastructure construction company, engages in engineering, building, installing, maintaining, and upgrading energy, communication, and utility infrastructure in North America. MasTec has a market cap of $2.3 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 21.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate MasTec a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

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

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2. As of noon trading, Vulcan Materials Company ( VMC) is up $0.71 (1.4%) to $51.64 on light volume Thus far, 226,149 shares of Vulcan Materials Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 769,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $49.95-$51.82 after having opened the day at $50.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.93.

Vulcan Materials Company engages in the production and sale of construction aggregates, as well as asphalt mix, ready-mixed concrete, and cement primarily in the United States. The company operates in four segments: Aggregates, Concrete, Asphalt Mix, and Cement. Vulcan Materials Company has a market cap of $6.6 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 1.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Vulcan Materials Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vulcan Materials Company as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. Get the full Vulcan Materials Company Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Eagle Materials ( EXP) is up $1.39 (2.2%) to $65.70 on heavy volume Thus far, 715,835 shares of Eagle Materials exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 746,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $63.13-$66.33 after having opened the day at $63.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.31.

Eagle Materials Inc. manufactures and distributes building products used in residential, industrial, commercial, and infrastructure construction in the United States. The company operates in four segments: Cement, Gypsum Wallboard, Recycled Paperboard, and Concrete and Aggregates. Eagle Materials has a market cap of $3.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 49.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Eagle Materials a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Eagle Materials 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. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Eagle Materials Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 4 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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