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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