5 Materials & Construction Stocks Pushing The Industry Higher

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 22 points (0.1%) at 15,897 as of Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,497 issues advancing vs. 1,411 declining with 169 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the industry include Louisiana-Pacific ( LPX), up 2.7%, Quanta Services ( PWR), up 2.5%, James Hardie Industries ( JHX), up 1.9%, Weyerhaeuser ( WY), up 1.8% and NVR ( NVR), up 1.5%. A company within the industry that fell today was Republic Services ( RSG), up 1.9%.

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

5. Fluor Corporation ( FLR) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry higher today. As of noon trading, Fluor Corporation is up $0.52 (0.7%) to $76.32 on average volume. Thus far, 513,935 shares of Fluor Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $75.84-$77.06 after having opened the day at $76.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $75.80.

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 $12.4 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 29.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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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4. As of noon trading, Toll Brothers ( TOL) is up $0.38 (1.1%) to $33.78 on average volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Toll Brothers exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.64-$34.29 after having opened the day at $34.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.40.

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 $5.8 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 34.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.1% 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 and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. 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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3. As of noon trading, DR Horton ( DHI) is up $0.47 (2.5%) to $19.38 on average volume. Thus far, 3.2 million shares of DR Horton exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $19.25-$19.68 after having opened the day at $19.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.91.

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 $6.2 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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 $0.28 (1.6%) to $18.30 on average volume. Thus far, 3.4 million shares of PulteGroup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $18.19-$18.74 after having opened the day at $18.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.02.

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 0.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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 $0.72 (2.0%) to $35.92 on heavy volume. Thus far, 5.7 million shares of Lennar Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.57-$36.97 after having opened the day at $36.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.20.

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 $5.7 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.8, equal to the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 9.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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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