Today's Top Performers In Materials & Construction

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 15 points (0.1%) at 15,467 as of Wednesday, July 17, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,986 issues advancing vs. 913 declining with 127 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include M.D.C. Holdings ( MDC), up 3.1%, Toll Brothers ( TOL), up 2.1%, DR Horton ( DHI), up 1.8%, PulteGroup ( PHM), up 1.7% and Cemex S.A.B. de C.V ( CX), up 1.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include AAON ( AAON), down 4.8%, and NCI Building Systems ( NCS), down 4.4%.

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

5. Meritage Homes Corporation ( MTH) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry higher today. As of noon trading, Meritage Homes Corporation is up $1.47 (3.3%) to $46.47 on average volume. Thus far, 240,667 shares of Meritage Homes Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 611,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $44.41-$46.57 after having opened the day at $45.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.00.

Meritage Homes Corporation engages in designing and building single-family detached homes. It offers a range of homes for various homebuyers, including first-time, move-up, active adult, and luxury. The company provides its homes under the Meritage Homes and Monterey Homes names. Meritage Homes Corporation has a market cap of $1.6 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 20.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Meritage Homes Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Meritage Homes Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Meritage Homes Corporation Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Vulcan Materials Company ( VMC) is up $0.89 (1.8%) to $50.13 on light volume. Thus far, 175,791 shares of Vulcan Materials Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 639,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $49.23-$50.29 after having opened the day at $49.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.24.

Vulcan Materials Company engages in the production and sale of construction aggregates, as well as asphalt mix, ready-mixed concrete, and cement primarily in the United States. The company operates in four segments: Aggregates, Concrete, Asphalt Mix, and Cement. Vulcan Materials Company has a market cap of $6.5 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 3.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Vulcan Materials Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vulcan Materials Company 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 largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Vulcan Materials Company Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, NVR ( NVR) is up $12.23 (1.3%) to $942.49 on light volume. Thus far, 13,723 shares of NVR exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 38,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $920.01-$942.49 after having opened the day at $924.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $930.26.

NVR, Inc. operates as a homebuilder in the United States. The company engages in the construction and sale of single-family detached homes, townhomes, and condominium buildings under the trade names of Ryan Homes, NVHomes, Fox Ridge Homes, and Heartland Homes. NVR has a market cap of $4.7 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 1.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate NVR a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates NVR 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 notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full NVR Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Rayonier ( RYN) is up $0.62 (1.1%) to $57.44 on light volume. Thus far, 213,376 shares of Rayonier exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 690,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $56.99-$57.77 after having opened the day at $57.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.82.

Rayonier, Inc. engages in the sale and development of real estate and timberland management, as well as in the production and sale of cellulose fibers in the United States, New Zealand, and Australia. Rayonier has a market cap of $7.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 9.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Rayonier a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Rayonier as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Rayonier Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, KB Home ( KBH) is up $0.84 (4.4%) to $20.11 on heavy volume. Thus far, 3.7 million shares of KB Home exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $18.85-$20.13 after having opened the day at $19.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.27.

KB Home operates as a homebuilding and financial services company in the United States. The company constructs and sells various homes, including attached and detached single-family residential homes, townhomes, and condominiums primarily for first-time, move-up, and active adult homebuyers. KB Home has a market cap of $1.6 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 22.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate KB Home a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates KB Home as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust 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 generally higher debt management risk, weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins. Get the full KB Home 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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