5 Materials & Construction Stocks Nudging The Industry Higher

All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 63 points (0.4%) at 15,199 as of Monday, July 8, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,878 issues advancing vs. 1,083 declining with 93 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits up 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which is up 1.0%. Top gainers within the industry include Clean Harbors ( CLH), up 2.9%, MDU Resources Group ( MDU), up 1.7%, Waste Connections ( WCN), up 1.4% and Weyerhaeuser ( WY), up 1.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include James Hardie Industries ( JHX), down 1.4%, Lennar Corporation ( LEN), down 1.0%, PulteGroup ( PHM), down 0.8% and DR Horton ( DHI), down 0.6%.

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

5. Plum Creek Timber ( PCL) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry higher today. As of noon trading, Plum Creek Timber is up $0.45 (1.0%) to $46.93 on light volume. Thus far, 348,566 shares of Plum Creek Timber exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 959,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.47-$47.22 after having opened the day at $46.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.48.

Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust (REIT). The trust owns and manages timberlands in the United States. Its products include lumber products, plywood, medium density fiberboard, and related by-products, such as wood chips. Plum Creek Timber has a market cap of $7.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 4.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Plum Creek Timber a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Plum Creek Timber as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Plum Creek Timber Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Stericycle Incorporated ( SRCL) is up $0.81 (0.7%) to $113.24 on light volume. Thus far, 114,698 shares of Stericycle Incorporated exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 399,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $112.82-$113.66 after having opened the day at $113.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $112.43.

Stericycle, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides regulated waste management and related services. Stericycle Incorporated has a market cap of $9.6 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 20.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Stericycle Incorporated a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 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 expanding profit margins. 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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3. As of noon trading, Quanta Services ( PWR) is up $0.60 (2.3%) to $27.00 on average volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Quanta Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $26.54-$27.10 after having opened the day at $26.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.40.

Quanta Services, Inc. provides specialty contracting services and infrastructure solutions in North America and internationally. It operates in three segments: Electric Power Infrastructure Services; Natural Gas and Pipeline Infrastructure Services; and Fiber Optic Licensing and Other. Quanta Services has a market cap of $5.5 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 3.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Quanta Services a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Quanta Services 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Quanta Services Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Fastenal Company ( FAST) is up $0.24 (0.5%) to $46.05 on light volume. Thus far, 542,456 shares of Fastenal Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.88-$46.41 after having opened the day at $46.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.81.

Fastenal Company, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a wholesaler and retailer of industrial and construction supplies in the United States, Canada, and internationally. The company offers fasteners and other industrial and construction supplies under the Fastenal name. Fastenal Company has a market cap of $13.4 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 1.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Fastenal Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fastenal Company 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, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. 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 Fastenal Company Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Cemex S.A.B. de C.V ( CX) is up $0.08 (0.8%) to $10.51 on light volume. Thus far, 5.1 million shares of Cemex S.A.B. de C.V exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 15.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $10.46-$10.65 after having opened the day at $10.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.43.

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 $11.3 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 5.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Cemex S.A.B. de C.V a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 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).
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