Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link. 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. A company within the industry that fell today was Fastenal Company ( FAST), up 1.4%. 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%. TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry lower today: 3. Vulcan Materials Company ( VMC) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry lower today. As of noon trading, Vulcan Materials Company is down $0.50 (-0.9%) to $55.02 on light volume. Thus far, 237,060 shares of Vulcan Materials Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 639,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $54.56-$55.41 after having opened the day at $54.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.51. 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 $7.4 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 514.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Vulcan Materials Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. Get the full Vulcan Materials Company Ratings Report now. STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12-months. Learn more.