Today's Top Performers In Materials & Construction

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 34 points (-0.2%) at 15,991 as of Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,256 issues advancing vs. 1,637 declining with 176 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include Lennar Corporation ( LEN), up 2.4%, DR Horton ( DHI), up 0.9%, Weyerhaeuser ( WY), up 0.8% and Cemex S.A.B. de C.V ( CX), up 0.8%. A company within the industry that fell today was Stericycle Incorporated ( SRCL), up 0.6%.

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

5. Clean Harbors ( CLH) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry higher today. As of noon trading, Clean Harbors is up $0.74 (1.4%) to $54.51 on light volume. Thus far, 177,578 shares of Clean Harbors exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 523,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $53.63-$54.57 after having opened the day at $53.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.77.

Clean Harbors, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides environmental, energy, and industrial services in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, and internationally. It operates in four segments: Technical Services, Field Services, Industrial Services, and Oil and Gas Field Services. Clean Harbors has a market cap of $3.2 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Clean Harbors a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Clean Harbors 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, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Clean Harbors Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Owens-Corning ( OC) is up $0.54 (1.4%) to $39.44 on light volume. Thus far, 409,875 shares of Owens-Corning exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.79-$39.62 after having opened the day at $38.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.89.

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 $4.5 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 69.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 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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3. As of noon trading, Fastenal Company ( FAST) is up $0.37 (0.8%) to $47.87 on light volume. Thus far, 372,413 shares of Fastenal Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $47.26-$48.13 after having opened the day at $47.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.50.

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 $14.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 31.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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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2. As of noon trading, Masco Corporation ( MAS) is up $0.20 (0.9%) to $21.71 on light volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Masco Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.50-$21.96 after having opened the day at $21.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.51.

Masco Corporation engages in the manufacture, distribution, and installation of home improvement and building products primarily in North America and Europe. Masco Corporation has a market cap of $7.7 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 52.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 29.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Masco Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Masco Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth 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 Masco Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Fluor Corporation ( FLR) is up $0.83 (1.1%) to $77.69 on light volume. Thus far, 422,330 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 $76.81-$77.99 after having opened the day at $76.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $76.86.

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 $12.6 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 30.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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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