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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4. As of noon trading, Toll Brothers ( TOL) is up $1.43 (4.4%) to $34.05 on average volume. Thus far, 2.1 million shares of Toll Brothers exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.87-$34.18 after having opened the day at $32.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.62.

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 $5.6 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 2.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 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 and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Toll Brothers Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, DR Horton ( DHI) is up $0.72 (3.6%) to $20.52 on average volume. Thus far, 5.2 million shares of DR Horton exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $19.67-$20.61 after having opened the day at $19.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.81.

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 $6.5 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 2.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate DR Horton a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 4 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 and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full DR Horton Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, PulteGroup ( PHM) is up $0.62 (3.7%) to $17.37 on average volume. Thus far, 6.3 million shares of PulteGroup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.65-$17.40 after having opened the day at $16.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.75.

PulteGroup, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in homebuilding and financial services businesses primarily in the United States. PulteGroup has a market cap of $6.6 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 5.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate PulteGroup a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 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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1. As of noon trading, Lennar Corporation ( LEN) is up $1.95 (5.7%) to $36.49 on heavy volume. Thus far, 8.2 million shares of Lennar Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.09-$36.73 after having opened the day at $35.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.54.

Lennar Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in homebuilding, financial services, and real estate businesses in the United States. Lennar Corporation has a market cap of $5.7 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 9.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Lennar Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lennar Corporation 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 and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Lennar Corporation 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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