5 Stocks Driving The Materials & Construction Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 6 points (0.0%) at 14,695 as of Friday, April 26, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 953 issues advancing vs. 1,941 declining with 134 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits down 0.45 versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.43. A company within the industry that increased today was Darling International ( DAR), up 4.25.

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

5. Republic Services ( RSG) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry higher today. As of noon trading, Republic Services is up $0.68 (2.05) to $33.93 on heavy volume Thus far, 2.0 million 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 $33.12-$34.54 after having opened the day at $33.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.25.

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 $12.0 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 up 13.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. 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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4. As of noon trading, Toll Brothers ( TOL) is up $0.54 (1.59) to $34.43 on average volume Thus far, 1.9 million shares of Toll Brothers exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.88-$34.97 after having opened the day at $34.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.89.

Toll Brothers, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, builds, markets, and arranges finance for detached and attached homes in luxury residential communities. It is also involved in building or converting existing rental apartment buildings into high-, mid-, and low-rise luxury homes. Toll Brothers has a market cap of $5.7 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.6, below 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 Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Toll Brothers 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, solid stock price performance, compelling growth 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 Toll Brothers Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, DR Horton ( DHI) is up $1.59 (6.48) to $26.12 on heavy volume Thus far, 8.8 million shares of DR Horton exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $25.60-$26.38 after having opened the day at $25.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.53.

D.R. Horton, Inc. operates as a homebuilding company. The company engages in the acquisition and development of land; and construction and sale of residential homes in 26 states and 77 markets in the United States primarily under the D.R. Horton, America's Builder name. DR Horton has a market cap of $7.7 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 24.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates DR Horton 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, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full DR Horton Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, PulteGroup ( PHM) is up $0.39 (1.87) to $21.18 on heavy volume Thus far, 8.5 million shares of PulteGroup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.74-$21.52 after having opened the day at $21.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.79.

PulteGroup, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in homebuilding and financial services businesses primarily in the United States. PulteGroup has a market cap of $7.6 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 36.5, 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 Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates PulteGroup 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. 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 PulteGroup Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Cemex S.A.B. de C.V ( CX) is up $0.08 (0.71) to $11.36 on heavy volume Thus far, 21.3 million shares of Cemex S.A.B. de C.V exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 18.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $11.01-$11.63 after having opened the day at $11.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.28.

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 $12.7 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 14.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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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