5 Stocks Boosting The Materials & Construction Industry Higher

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 23 points (-0.2%) at 15,311 as of Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,760 issues advancing vs. 1,167 declining with 109 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits up 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include Lennar Corporation ( LEN), up 2.0%, DR Horton ( DHI), up 1.8%, PulteGroup ( PHM), up 1.5%, James Hardie Industries ( JHX), up 1.2% and Cemex S.A.B. de C.V ( CX), up 1.0%.

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

5. Tutor Perini ( TPC) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry higher today. As of noon trading, Tutor Perini is up $0.83 (4.1%) to $21.08 on average volume. Thus far, 106,011 shares of Tutor Perini exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 214,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.16-$21.24 after having opened the day at $20.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.25.

Tutor Perini Corporation provides diversified general contracting, construction management, and design-build services to private customers and public agencies worldwide. It operates in four segments: Civil, Building, Specialty Contractors, and Management Services. Tutor Perini has a market cap of $943.1 million and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 43.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Tutor Perini a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Tutor Perini as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Tutor Perini Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Clean Harbors ( CLH) is up $0.65 (1.1%) to $57.24 on average volume. Thus far, 361,810 shares of Clean Harbors exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 490,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $56.20-$57.30 after having opened the day at $56.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.59.

Clean Harbors, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides environmental, energy, and industrial services in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, and internationally. It operates in four segments: Technical Services, Field Services, Industrial Services, and Oil and Gas Field Services. Clean Harbors has a market cap of $3.5 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 4.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Clean Harbors a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Clean Harbors 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, reasonable valuation levels and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. Get the full Clean Harbors Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Vulcan Materials Company ( VMC) is up $0.85 (1.6%) to $52.40 on light volume. Thus far, 205,327 shares of Vulcan Materials Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 625,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $51.28-$52.87 after having opened the day at $51.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.55.

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 $6.6 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 1.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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.

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2. As of noon trading, Martin Marietta Materials ( MLM) is up $1.13 (1.2%) to $97.27 on light volume. Thus far, 67,400 shares of Martin Marietta Materials exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 351,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $95.48-$98.00 after having opened the day at $96.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $96.14.

Martin Marietta Materials, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the production and sale of aggregates for the construction industry primarily in the United States, Canada, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean Islands. Martin Marietta Materials has a market cap of $4.5 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 2.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Martin Marietta Materials a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Martin Marietta Materials as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, 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 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 Martin Marietta Materials Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Quanta Services ( PWR) is up $0.45 (1.6%) to $28.11 on average volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Quanta Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.50-$28.18 after having opened the day at $27.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.66.

Quanta Services, Inc. provides specialty contracting services and infrastructure solutions in North America and internationally. It operates in three segments: Electric Power Infrastructure Services; Natural Gas and Pipeline Infrastructure Services; and Fiber Optic Licensing and Other. Quanta Services has a market cap of $5.7 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 0.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Quanta Services a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Quanta Services 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in stock price during the past year and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Quanta Services 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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