Today's Stocks Driving Success For The Materials & Construction Industry

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 22 points (-0.1%) at 16,065 as of Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,030 issues advancing vs. 1,883 declining with 116 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits down 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. A company within the industry that increased today was Waste Connections ( WCN), up 1.1%. A company within the industry that fell today was Weyerhaeuser ( WY), up 1.5%.

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

5. Foster Wheeler ( FWLT) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry higher today. As of noon trading, Foster Wheeler is up $1.27 (4.2%) to $31.60 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Foster Wheeler exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 984,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.33-$31.65 after having opened the day at $30.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.33.

Foster Wheeler AG, through its subsidiaries, operates in engineering and construction, as well as power generating equipment businesses worldwide. Foster Wheeler has a market cap of $3.0 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 25.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Foster Wheeler a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Foster Wheeler as a hold. 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 and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income and poor profit margins. Get the full Foster Wheeler Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Stericycle Incorporated ( SRCL) is up $0.69 (0.6%) to $118.17 on light volume. Thus far, 61,475 shares of Stericycle Incorporated exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 277,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $117.03-$118.42 after having opened the day at $117.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $117.48.

Stericycle, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides regulated waste management and related services. Stericycle Incorporated has a market cap of $10.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 34.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 25.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Stericycle Incorporated a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Stericycle Incorporated 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, increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Stericycle Incorporated Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Martin Marietta Materials ( MLM) is up $1.31 (1.4%) to $97.87 on average volume. Thus far, 157,636 shares of Martin Marietta Materials exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 398,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $96.01-$98.41 after having opened the day at $96.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $96.56.

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. The company has a P/E ratio of 42.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Martin Marietta Materials Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Fastenal Company ( FAST) is up $0.76 (1.6%) to $47.28 on average volume. Thus far, 865,050 shares of Fastenal Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.11-$47.57 after having opened the day at $46.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.53.

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 $13.8 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 30.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Fastenal Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 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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1. As of noon trading, Fluor Corporation ( FLR) is up $0.52 (0.7%) to $78.33 on light volume. Thus far, 229,313 shares of Fluor Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $76.62-$78.50 after having opened the day at $77.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.81.

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 $12.8 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 32.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Fluor Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 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 largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. 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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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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