5 Materials & Construction Stocks Driving The Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 82 points (-0.5%) at 15,473 as of Friday, July 26, 2013, 12:49 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,028 issues advancing vs. 1,878 declining with 105 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits down 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%. A company within the industry that fell today was James Hardie Industries ( JHX), up 2.2%.

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

5. Vulcan Materials Company ( VMC) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry higher today. As of noon trading, Vulcan Materials Company is up $0.56 (1.2%) to $48.64 on heavy volume. Thus far, 508,211 shares of Vulcan Materials Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 593,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $47.69-$48.70 after having opened the day at $47.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.08.

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 $6.4 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 7.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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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4. As of noon trading, Ryland Group ( RYL) is up $0.86 (2.3%) to $38.58 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Ryland Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.62-$39.30 after having opened the day at $37.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.73.

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 3.3% 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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3. As of noon trading, KB Home ( KBH) is up $0.48 (2.9%) to $17.28 on average volume. Thus far, 2.4 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 $16.72-$17.42 after having opened the day at $16.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.80.

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 $1.5 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 6.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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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2. As of noon trading, DR Horton ( DHI) is up $0.14 (0.7%) to $19.52 on heavy volume. Thus far, 5.8 million shares of DR Horton exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $19.25-$19.90 after having opened the day at $19.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.38.

D.R. Horton, Inc. operates as a homebuilding company. The company engages in the acquisition and development of land; and construction and sale of residential homes in 26 states and 77 markets in the United States primarily under the D.R. Horton, America's Builder name. DR Horton has a market cap of $6.8 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 2.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate DR Horton a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates DR Horton 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, notable return on equity, compelling growth in net income and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full DR Horton Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Toll Brothers ( TOL) is up $0.25 (0.8%) to $32.20 on average volume. Thus far, 2.0 million shares of Toll Brothers exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $31.61-$32.55 after having opened the day at $31.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.95.

Toll Brothers, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, builds, markets, and arranges finance for detached and attached homes in luxury residential communities. It is also involved in building or converting existing rental apartment buildings into high-, mid-, and low-rise luxury homes. Toll Brothers has a market cap of $5.5 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 1.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Toll Brothers a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Toll Brothers 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, notable return on equity, increase in stock price during the past year and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Toll Brothers 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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