5 Stocks Boosting The Materials & Construction Industry Higher

Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 44 points (-0.3%) at 15,417 as of Friday, July 12, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,253 issues advancing vs. 1,644 declining with 132 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include AAON ( AAON), up 4.5%, Caesarstone Sdot-Yam ( CSTE), up 1.6%, Trex Company ( TREX), up 2.0% and Quanta Services ( PWR), up 1.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Vulcan Materials Company ( VMC), down 1.3%, and James Hardie Industries ( JHX), down 1.6%.

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

5. Beacon Roofing Supply ( BECN) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry higher today. As of noon trading, Beacon Roofing Supply is up $0.57 (1.4%) to $40.32 on light volume. Thus far, 97,688 shares of Beacon Roofing Supply exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 423,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $39.61-$40.51 after having opened the day at $39.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.75.

Beacon Roofing Supply, Inc. distributes residential and non-residential roofing materials to contractors, home builders, building owners, and other resellers. Beacon Roofing Supply has a market cap of $1.9 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 16.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Beacon Roofing Supply a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Beacon Roofing Supply 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 and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Beacon Roofing Supply Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, MasTec ( MTZ) is up $0.17 (0.5%) to $34.23 on light volume. Thus far, 221,303 shares of MasTec exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 693,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.00-$34.63 after having opened the day at $34.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.06.

MasTec, Inc., an infrastructure construction company, engages in the engineering, building, installation, maintenance, and upgrade of energy, utility, and communications infrastructure primarily in North America. MasTec has a market cap of $2.6 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 34.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate MasTec a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MasTec 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, increase 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 MasTec Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, USG ( USG) is up $0.20 (0.8%) to $26.12 on light volume. Thus far, 747,276 shares of USG exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $25.76-$26.49 after having opened the day at $25.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.92.

USG Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and distribution of building materials worldwide. The company operates in three reportable segments: North American Gypsum, Worldwide Ceilings, and Building Products Distribution. USG has a market cap of $2.7 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 12.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate USG a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates USG as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally higher debt management risk. Get the full USG Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Ryland Group ( RYL) is up $0.71 (1.7%) to $41.87 on average volume. Thus far, 811,756 shares of Ryland Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.85-$42.48 after having opened the day at $41.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.16.

The Ryland Group, Inc. operates as a homebuilder and a mortgage-finance company in the United States. It engages in the design, construction, and sale of homes, as well as provides mortgage origination, title insurance, escrow, and insurance services. Ryland Group has a market cap of $1.8 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 5.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Ryland Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

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

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1. As of noon trading, Owens-Corning ( OC) is up $0.29 (0.7%) to $40.89 on average volume. Thus far, 794,021 shares of Owens-Corning exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.46-$41.21 after having opened the day at $40.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.60.

Owens Corning produces and sells glass fiber reinforcements and other materials for composite systems; and residential and commercial building materials worldwide. It operates in two segments, Composites and Building Materials. Owens-Corning has a market cap of $4.7 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 6.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Owens-Corning a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Owens-Corning 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, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance 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 Owens-Corning 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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