3 Stocks Improving Performance Of The Materials & Construction Industry

All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 18 points (0.1%) at 15,482 as of Monday, July 15, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,893 issues advancing vs. 1,042 declining with 108 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include Chicago Bridge & Iron Company ( CBI), up 1.5%, and James Hardie Industries ( JHX), up 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Louisiana-Pacific ( LPX), down 1.8%, NVR ( NVR), down 1.1% and Stericycle Incorporated ( SRCL), down 0.6%.

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

3. Empresas ICA S.A.B. de C.V ( ICA) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry higher today. As of noon trading, Empresas ICA S.A.B. de C.V is up $0.30 (3.9%) to $7.96 on light volume. Thus far, 233,355 shares of Empresas ICA S.A.B. de C.V exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 770,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $7.66-$7.99 after having opened the day at $7.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.66.

Empresas ICA, S.A.B. de C.V., through its subsidiaries, primarily engages in construction and related activities in Mexico and Latin America. Empresas ICA S.A.B. de C.V has a market cap of $1.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 25.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Empresas ICA S.A.B. de C.V a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Empresas ICA S.A.B. de C.V as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and relatively poor performance when compared with the S&P 500 during the past year. Get the full Empresas ICA S.A.B. de C.V Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Nuverra Environmental Solutions ( NES) is up $0.23 (6.7%) to $3.67 on heavy volume. Thus far, 3.2 million shares of Nuverra Environmental Solutions exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $3.48-$3.73 after having opened the day at $3.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.44.

Nuverra Environmental Solutions, Inc., an environmental solutions company, provides full-cycle environmental solutions to customers in energy and industrial end-markets in the United States. Nuverra Environmental Solutions has a market cap of $865.0 million and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are unchanged year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Nuverra Environmental Solutions a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nuverra Environmental Solutions as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income and poor profit margins. Get the full Nuverra Environmental Solutions Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Cemex S.A.B. de C.V ( CX) is up $0.00 (0.0%) to $11.30 on light volume. Thus far, 3.0 million shares of Cemex S.A.B. de C.V exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $11.19-$11.39 after having opened the day at $11.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.29.

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 $12.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 12.3% 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 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).

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