5 Stocks Boosting The Materials & Construction Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 22 points (0.1%) at 15,424 as of Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,875 issues advancing vs. 1,030 declining with 132 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits up 1.0% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include KB Home ( KBH), up 7.6%, Ryland Group ( RYL), up 6.3%, Masco Corporation ( MAS), up 3.1%, Eagle Materials ( EXP), up 3.0% and Quanta Services ( PWR), up 2.2%.

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

5. Fluor Corporation ( FLR) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry higher today. As of noon trading, Fluor Corporation is up $0.82 (1.2%) to $71.74 on light volume. Thus far, 468,641 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 $70.77-$71.82 after having opened the day at $70.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $70.92.

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 $11.7 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 22.6% 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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