Today's Top Performers In Materials & Construction

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 97 points (0.7%) at 14,670 as of Tuesday, April 2, 2013, 12:49 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,756 issues advancing vs. 1,114 declining with 151 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.6%. Top gainers within the industry include Weyerhaeuser ( WY), up 1.1%, and Cemex S.A.B. de C.V ( CX), up 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Masco Corporation ( MAS), down 1.1%, MDU Resources Group ( MDU), down 1.2%, Armstrong World Industries ( AWI), down 1.0% and DR Horton ( DHI), down 0.8%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

3. Stericycle Incorporated ( SRCL) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry higher today. As of noon trading, Stericycle Incorporated is up $0.88 (0.8%) to $105.64 on light volume Thus far, 90,666 shares of Stericycle Incorporated exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 487,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $104.99-$106.18 after having opened the day at $105.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $104.76.

Stericycle, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides regulated waste management and related services. Stericycle Incorporated has a market cap of $9.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 34.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Stericycle Incorporated a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Stericycle Incorporated 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, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full Stericycle Incorporated Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Republic Services ( RSG) is up $0.18 (0.6%) to $32.66 on light volume Thus far, 383,710 shares of Republic Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.46-$32.94 after having opened the day at $32.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.48.

Republic Services, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides non-hazardous solid waste collection, transfer, and recycling and disposal services for commercial, industrial, municipal, and residential customers in the United States and Puerto Rico. Republic Services has a market cap of $11.9 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Republic Services a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Republic Services as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, increase in stock price during the past year and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Republic Services Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Waste Management ( WM) is up $0.25 (0.6%) to $38.89 on average volume Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Waste Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.78-$39.12 after having opened the day at $38.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.64.

Waste Management, Inc. provides waste management services to residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers in North America. It offers collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery, and disposal services. Waste Management has a market cap of $18.2 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Waste Management a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Waste Management as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Waste Management Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 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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