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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