5 Stocks Pushing 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 15 points (0.1%) at 16,035 as of Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,480 issues advancing vs. 1,397 declining with 175 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include Caesarstone Sdot-Yam ( CSTE), up 5.2%, McDermott International ( MDR), up 4.9%, Armstrong World Industries ( AWI), up 4.3%, Chicago Bridge & Iron Company ( CBI), up 2.2% and Toll Brothers ( TOL), up 2.1%. A company within the industry that fell today was AAON ( AAON), up 4.6%.

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

5. Sherwin-Williams Company ( SHW) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry higher today. As of noon trading, Sherwin-Williams Company is up $1.98 (1.1%) to $186.81 on average volume. Thus far, 247,981 shares of Sherwin-Williams Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 658,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $184.83-$187.10 after having opened the day at $184.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $184.83.

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 26.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 18.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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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4. As of noon trading, Cemex S.A.B. de C.V ( CX) is up $0.11 (0.9%) to $11.63 on average volume. Thus far, 5.1 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 $11.48-$11.76 after having opened the day at $11.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.52.

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 16.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 solid stock price performance, 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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3. As of noon trading, DR Horton ( DHI) is up $0.45 (2.4%) to $19.53 on light volume. Thus far, 2.2 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 $19.09-$19.62 after having opened the day at $19.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.08.

D.R. Horton, Inc. operates as a homebuilding company. It is engaged in the acquisition and development of land; and construction and sale of residential homes in 27 states and 78 markets in the United States under the D.R. Horton, America's Builder, Emerald Homes, and Breland Homes. DR Horton has a market cap of $6.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 5.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate DR Horton a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels, 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 DR Horton Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, PulteGroup ( PHM) is up $0.26 (1.4%) to $18.44 on light volume. Thus far, 2.1 million shares of PulteGroup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $18.19-$18.48 after having opened the day at $18.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.18.

PulteGroup, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in homebuilding and financial services businesses primarily in the United States. PulteGroup has a market cap of $6.9 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 2.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. 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 PulteGroup Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Lennar Corporation ( LEN) is up $1.04 (3.0%) to $35.58 on light volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Lennar Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.64-$35.65 after having opened the day at $34.66 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 $5.6 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 10.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Lennar Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 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, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. 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 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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