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 42 points (0.3%) at 14,338 as of Thursday, March 7, 2013, 11:50 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,674 issues advancing vs. 1,197 declining with 153 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. A company within the industry that increased today was Sherwin-Williams Company ( SHW), up 0.6%. A company within the industry that fell today was James Hardie Industries ( JHX), up 1.7%.

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

5. Clean Harbors ( CLH) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry higher today. As of noon trading, Clean Harbors is up $2.13 (4.1%) to $54.21 on average volume Thus far, 523,507 shares of Clean Harbors exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 764,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $53.02-$55.20 after having opened the day at $53.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.08.

Clean Harbors, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides environmental, energy, and industrial services. Clean Harbors has a market cap of $2.7 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 5.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Clean Harbors a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Clean Harbors as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels, increase in net income and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Clean Harbors Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Louisiana-Pacific ( LPX) is up $0.27 (1.3%) to $21.68 on light volume Thus far, 347,110 shares of Louisiana-Pacific exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.18-$21.75 after having opened the day at $21.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.41.

Louisiana-Pacific Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in manufacturing and distributing building products for new home construction, repair and remodeling, manufactured housing, and light industrial and commercial construction. Louisiana-Pacific has a market cap of $3.0 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 99.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Louisiana-Pacific a buy, 5 analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Louisiana-Pacific as a hold. 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 and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including premium valuation and poor profit margins. Get the full Louisiana-Pacific Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Masco Corporation ( MAS) is up $0.24 (1.2%) to $20.14 on light volume Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Masco Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $19.74-$20.15 after having opened the day at $19.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.89.

Masco Corporation engages in the manufacture, distribution, and installation of home improvement and building products primarily in North America and Europe. Masco Corporation has a market cap of $7.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 19.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Masco Corporation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Masco Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins. Get the full Masco Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Fluor Corporation ( FLR) is up $0.33 (0.5%) to $63.08 on average volume Thus far, 588,339 shares of Fluor Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $62.72-$63.23 after having opened the day at $62.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.75.

Fluor Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides engineering, procurement, construction, maintenance, and project management services worldwide. Fluor Corporation has a market cap of $10.0 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Fluor Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fluor Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Fluor Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Chicago Bridge & Iron Company ( CBI) is up $0.50 (0.9%) to $55.76 on average volume Thus far, 735,622 shares of Chicago Bridge & Iron Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $55.14-$55.82 after having opened the day at $55.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.25.

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 $5.8 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 19.2% 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Chicago Bridge & Iron Company 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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