5 Materials & Construction Stocks Moving The Industry Upward

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 127 points (0.8%) at 15,307 as of Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 12:45 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,604 issues advancing vs. 474 declining with 57 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.6%. Top gainers within the industry include EMCOR Group ( EME), up 5.6%, McDermott International ( MDR), up 3.1%, MasTec ( MTZ), up 3.1%, Rayonier ( RYN), up 1.4% and Quanta Services ( PWR), up 1.2%. A company within the industry that fell today was James Hardie Industries ( JHX), up 2.43.

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

5. Waste Management ( WM) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry higher today. As of noon trading, Waste Management is up $0.26 (0.64) to $40.71 on light volume Thus far, 543,776 shares of Waste Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.40-$40.74 after having opened the day at $40.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.45.

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 $18.5 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 19.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Waste Management a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 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, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Waste Management Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Masco Corporation ( MAS) is up $0.30 (1.43) to $21.35 on light volume Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Masco Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.99-$21.44 after having opened the day at $21.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.05.

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 $7.4 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 26.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Masco Corporation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 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 poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and generally higher debt management risk. Get the full Masco Corporation Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Chicago Bridge & Iron Company ( CBI) is up $1.19 (1.98) to $61.11 on light volume Thus far, 599,887 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 $59.75-$61.33 after having opened the day at $59.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.92.

Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V., an energy infrastructure focused company, provides conceptual design, technology, engineering, procurement, fabrication, construction, and commissioning services to customers in the energy, petrochemical, and natural resource industries worldwide. Chicago Bridge & Iron Company has a market cap of $6.3 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 27.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Chicago Bridge & Iron Company a buy, 1 analyst rates 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 and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Chicago Bridge & Iron Company Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Fluor Corporation ( FLR) is up $1.09 (1.75) to $63.40 on light volume Thus far, 563,018 shares of Fluor Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $62.42-$63.40 after having opened the day at $62.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.31.

Fluor Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides engineering, procurement, construction, maintenance, and project management services worldwide. The company operates in five segments: Oil & Gas, Industrial & Infrastructure, Government, Global Services, and Power. Fluor Corporation has a market cap of $9.9 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Fluor Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Cemex S.A.B. de C.V ( CX) is up $0.12 (1.16) to $10.43 on light volume Thus far, 3.1 million shares of Cemex S.A.B. de C.V exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $10.25-$10.45 after having opened the day at $10.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.31.

CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V., through its subsidiaries, engages in the production and sale of cement, ready-mix concrete, aggregates, and other construction materials in Mexico, the United States, Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, South America, the Caribbean, and Asia. Cemex S.A.B. de C.V has a market cap of $11.4 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 4.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Cemex S.A.B. de C.V a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cemex S.A.B. de C.V as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid stock price performance. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity 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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