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 90 points (0.6%) at 15,153 as of Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,842 issues advancing vs. 1,092 declining with 95 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.5%. Top gainers within the industry include Chicago Bridge & Iron Company ( CBI), up 3.3%, Quanta Services ( PWR), up 2.1%, Martin Marietta Materials ( MLM), up 1.7%, Vulcan Materials Company ( VMC), up 1.5% and Stericycle Incorporated ( SRCL), up 0.8%.

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

5. Waste Management ( WM) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry higher today. As of noon trading, Waste Management is up $0.33 (0.8%) to $40.67 on light volume. Thus far, 536,314 shares of Waste Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.40-$40.78 after having opened the day at $40.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.34.

Waste Management, Inc. provides waste management services to residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers in North America. It offers collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery, and disposal services. Waste Management has a market cap of $18.7 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 18.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Waste Management a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Waste Management as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, increase in stock price during the past year, increase in net income and growth in earnings per share. 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 Waste Management Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Fastenal Company ( FAST) is up $0.99 (2.0%) to $50.06 on average volume. Thus far, 782,317 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 $49.12-$50.12 after having opened the day at $49.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.07.

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 $14.2 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 2.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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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3. As of noon trading, Masco Corporation ( MAS) is up $0.22 (1.1%) to $20.69 on average volume. Thus far, 2.0 million shares of Masco Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.48-$20.95 after having opened the day at $20.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.47.

Masco Corporation engages in the manufacture, distribution, and installation of home improvement and building products primarily in North America and Europe. Masco Corporation has a market cap of $7.0 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 17.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Masco Corporation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Masco Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins. Get the full Masco Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Fluor Corporation ( FLR) is up $0.46 (0.7%) to $66.35 on average volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Fluor Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $66.21-$66.69 after having opened the day at $66.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $65.89.

Fluor Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides engineering, procurement, construction, maintenance, and project management services worldwide. The company operates in five segments: Oil & Gas, Industrial & Infrastructure, Government, Global Services, and Power. Fluor Corporation has a market cap of $10.5 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 12.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Fluor Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fluor Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations 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 Fluor Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Cemex S.A.B. de C.V ( CX) is up $0.22 (1.9%) to $11.66 on average volume. Thus far, 7.3 million shares of Cemex S.A.B. de C.V exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $11.52-$11.77 after having opened the day at $11.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.44.

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 $12.4 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 14.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Cemex S.A.B. de C.V a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cemex S.A.B. de C.V as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including 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 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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