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 54 points (-0.3%) at 16,409 as of Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,224 issues advancing vs. 1,713 declining with 144 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits up 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. A company within the industry that increased today was Cemex S.A.B. de C.V ( CX), up 1.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Foster Wheeler ( FWLT), down 1.6%, James Hardie Industries ( JHX), down 1.6%, Plum Creek Timber ( PCL), down 1.2%, PulteGroup ( PHM), down 1.1% and Sherwin-Williams Company ( SHW), down 0.6%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

4. NVR ( NVR) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry higher today. As of noon trading, NVR is up $9.92 (1.0%) to $1,019.82 on average volume. Thus far, 23,868 shares of NVR exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 36,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $1,000.00-$1,022.93 after having opened the day at $1,019.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1,009.90.

NVR, Inc. operates as a homebuilder in the United States. The company engages in the construction and sale of single-family detached homes, townhomes, and condominium buildings under the trade names of Ryan Homes, NVHomes, Fox Ridge Homes, and Heartland Homes. NVR has a market cap of $4.6 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate NVR a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates NVR 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in stock price during the past year and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full NVR Ratings Report now.

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