5 Materials & Construction Stocks Pushing The Industry Higher

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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 0 points (0.0%) at 15,915 as of Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,252 issues advancing vs. 1,627 declining with 137 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the industry include Harsco Corporation ( HSC), up 2.9%, EMCOR Group ( EME), up 2.2%, Rayonier ( RYN), up 0.9% and Plum Creek Timber ( PCL), up 0.9%. A company within the industry that fell today was Fastenal Company ( FAST), up 1.4%.

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

5. Owens-Corning ( OC) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry higher today. As of noon trading, Owens-Corning is up $0.67 (1.7%) to $39.07 on light volume. Thus far, 580,896 shares of Owens-Corning exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.23-$39.26 after having opened the day at $38.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.40.

Owens Corning produces and sells glass fiber reinforcements and other materials for composite systems; and residential and commercial building materials worldwide. It operates in two segments, Composites and Building Materials. Owens-Corning has a market cap of $4.6 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 70.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Owens-Corning a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Owens-Corning 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 good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full Owens-Corning Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Chicago Bridge & Iron Company ( CBI) is up $1.14 (1.5%) to $76.45 on light volume. Thus far, 362,229 shares of Chicago Bridge & Iron Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $75.23-$76.57 after having opened the day at $75.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $75.31.

Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V., an energy infrastructure focused company, provides conceptual design, technology, engineering, procurement, fabrication, construction, and commissioning services to customers in the energy, petrochemical, and natural resource industries worldwide. Chicago Bridge & Iron Company has a market cap of $8.2 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 65.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Chicago Bridge & Iron Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chicago Bridge & Iron Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Chicago Bridge & Iron Company Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Sherwin-Williams Company ( SHW) is up $1.14 (0.6%) to $180.95 on average volume. Thus far, 319,741 shares of Sherwin-Williams Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 658,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $178.16-$181.11 after having opened the day at $178.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $179.81.

The Sherwin-Williams Company engages in the development, manufacture, distribution, and sale of paints, coatings, and related products to professional, industrial, commercial, and retail customers primarily in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean region. Sherwin-Williams Company has a market cap of $18.4 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Sherwin-Williams Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sherwin-Williams Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Sherwin-Williams Company Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Toll Brothers ( TOL) is up $0.38 (1.1%) to $33.56 on average volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of Toll Brothers exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.75-$33.63 after having opened the day at $32.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.18.

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 $5.9 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Toll Brothers a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 4 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, notable return on equity 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 Toll Brothers Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Cemex S.A.B. de C.V ( CX) is up $0.14 (1.3%) to $11.01 on average volume. Thus far, 5.0 million shares of Cemex S.A.B. de C.V exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $10.76-$11.08 after having opened the day at $10.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.87.

CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V., through its subsidiaries, engages in the production and sale of cement, ready-mix concrete, aggregates, and other construction materials in Mexico, the United States, Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, South America, the Caribbean, and Asia. Cemex S.A.B. de C.V has a market cap of $12.0 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 10.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Cemex S.A.B. de C.V a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cemex S.A.B. de C.V as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full Cemex S.A.B. de C.V 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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