Materials & Construction Stocks On The Rise With Help From 5 Stocks

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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 15,558 as of Monday, July 22, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,691 issues advancing vs. 1,251 declining with 101 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. A company within the industry that increased today was James Hardie Industries ( JHX), up 1.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Ryland Group ( RYL), down 3.1%, Louisiana-Pacific ( LPX), down 1.8%, NVR ( NVR), down 1.6% and Sherwin-Williams Company ( SHW), down 1.0%.

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

5. Caesarstone Sdot-Yam ( CSTE) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry higher today. As of noon trading, Caesarstone Sdot-Yam is up $1.17 (3.7%) to $32.87 on heavy volume. Thus far, 325,538 shares of Caesarstone Sdot-Yam exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 195,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.33-$34.38 after having opened the day at $33.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.70.

Caesarstone Sdot-Yam Ltd. manufactures and sells engineered quartz surfaces under the Caesarstone brand primarily in Australia, the United States, Canada, and Israel. Caesarstone Sdot-Yam has a market cap of $1.0 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Caesarstone Sdot-Yam a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Caesarstone Sdot-Yam as a hold. 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 notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's earnings per share has not been good. Get the full Caesarstone Sdot-Yam Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Darling International ( DAR) is up $0.31 (1.5%) to $20.79 on light volume. Thus far, 207,609 shares of Darling International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 673,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.54-$20.83 after having opened the day at $20.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.48.

Darling International Inc. provides rendering, used cooking oil, and bakery residual recycling and recovery solutions to the food industry. The company operates in two segments, Rendering and Bakery. Darling International has a market cap of $2.4 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 27.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Darling International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Darling International 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, reasonable valuation levels, 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 Darling International Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, MDU Resources Group ( MDU) is up $0.28 (1.0%) to $28.50 on light volume. Thus far, 118,507 shares of MDU Resources Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 722,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $28.19-$28.58 after having opened the day at $28.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.22.

MDU Resources Group, Inc. operates as a diversified natural resource company in the United States. The company’s Electric segment generates, transmits, and distributes electricity in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming. MDU Resources Group has a market cap of $5.3 billion and is part of the utilities sector. Shares are up 32.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate MDU Resources Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MDU Resources Group 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 increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full MDU Resources Group Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, McDermott International ( MDR) is up $0.14 (1.6%) to $9.02 on light volume. Thus far, 963,862 shares of McDermott International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $8.89-$9.03 after having opened the day at $8.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $8.88.

McDermott International, Inc. operates as an engineering, procurement, construction, and installation (EPCI) company worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Asia Pacific, Atlantic, and the Middle East. It focuses on designing and executing complex offshore oil and gas projects. McDermott International has a market cap of $2.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 17.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate McDermott International a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates McDermott International as a hold. 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 reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow. Get the full McDermott International Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Quanta Services ( PWR) is up $0.26 (0.9%) to $28.53 on average volume. Thus far, 701,462 shares of Quanta Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $28.29-$28.60 after having opened the day at $28.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.27.

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 $5.8 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 1.9% 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, increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. 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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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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