Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link. All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 44 points (0.3%) at 15,539 as of Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,783 issues advancing vs. 1,120 declining with 134 unchanged. The Materials & Construction industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include MasTec ( MTZ), down 3.3%, EMCOR Group ( EME), down 1.3% and Waste Connections ( WCN), down 1.0%. Top gainers within the industry include USG ( USG), up 1.6%, MDU Resources Group ( MDU), up 1.6% and Quanta Services ( PWR), up 0.6%. TheStreet would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the industry lower today: 5. Vulcan Materials Company ( VMC) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry lower today. As of noon trading, Vulcan Materials Company is down $0.61 (-1.2%) to $51.74 on average volume. Thus far, 307,558 shares of Vulcan Materials Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 623,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $51.61-$52.72 after having opened the day at $52.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.35. 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 $6.8 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 0.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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, 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 weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins. Get the full Vulcan Materials Company Ratings Report now. STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12-months. Learn more.