Today's Stocks Driving Success For The Materials & Construction Industry

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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 7 points (0.0%) at 14,818 as of Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, 12:45 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,623 issues advancing vs. 1,312 declining with 88 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. A company within the industry that increased today was James Hardie Industries ( JHX), up 2.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Clean Harbors ( CLH), down 1.9%, Rayonier ( RYN), down 1.6% and Weyerhaeuser ( WY), down 1.5%.

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 $0.63 (1.3%) to $48.43 on average volume. Thus far, 322,642 shares of Vulcan Materials Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 609,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.27-$48.99 after having opened the day at $48.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.80.

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 $6.2 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. 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, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins. Get the full Vulcan Materials Company Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Chicago Bridge & Iron Company ( CBI) is up $0.63 (1.1%) to $60.46 on average volume. Thus far, 647,335 shares of Chicago Bridge & Iron Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $60.18-$61.14 after having opened the day at $60.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.83.

Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V., an energy infrastructure focused company, provides conceptual design, technology, engineering, procurement, fabrication, construction, and commissioning services to customers in the energy, petrochemical, and natural resource industries worldwide. Chicago Bridge & Iron Company has a market cap of $6.4 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Chicago Bridge & Iron Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chicago Bridge & Iron Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Chicago Bridge & Iron Company Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Owens-Corning ( OC) is up $0.89 (2.4%) to $38.33 on average volume. Thus far, 728,929 shares of Owens-Corning exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.84-$38.51 after having opened the day at $37.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.44.

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 $4.5 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Currently there are 9 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 hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full Owens-Corning Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Fastenal Company ( FAST) is up $0.72 (1.6%) to $44.71 on average volume. Thus far, 819,594 shares of Fastenal Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $44.36-$45.45 after having opened the day at $44.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.99.

Fastenal Company, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a wholesaler and retailer of industrial and construction supplies in the United States, Canada, and internationally. The company offers fasteners and other industrial and construction supplies under the Fastenal name. Fastenal Company has a market cap of $13.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Fastenal Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fastenal Company 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, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full Fastenal Company Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, PulteGroup ( PHM) is up $0.24 (1.6%) to $15.63 on average volume. Thus far, 4.9 million shares of PulteGroup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $15.43-$15.78 after having opened the day at $15.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.39.

PulteGroup, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in homebuilding and financial services businesses primarily in the United States. PulteGroup has a market cap of $6.0 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate PulteGroup a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

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