4 Stocks Advancing The Materials & Construction Industry

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 125 points (-0.8%) at 16,333 as of Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,733 issues advancing vs. 1,234 declining with 157 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. A company within the industry that increased today was Sherwin-Williams Company ( SHW), up 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Lennar Corporation ( LEN), down 1.3%, Waste Management ( WM), down 0.5% and Republic Services ( RSG), down 0.5%.

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

4. MDU Resources Group ( MDU) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry higher today. As of noon trading, MDU Resources Group is up $0.20 (0.6%) to $30.81 on light volume. Thus far, 126,563 shares of MDU Resources Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 496,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.55-$30.96 after having opened the day at $30.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.61.

MDU Resources Group, Inc. operates as a diversified natural resource company in the United States. The company's Electric segment generates, transmits, and distributes electricity in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming. MDU Resources Group has a market cap of $5.8 billion and is part of the utilities sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 49.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate MDU Resources Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MDU Resources Group 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, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full MDU Resources Group Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, EMCOR Group ( EME) is up $0.56 (1.3%) to $44.33 on light volume. Thus far, 91,672 shares of EMCOR Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 435,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $44.00-$44.41 after having opened the day at $44.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.77.

EMCOR Group, Inc. provides electrical and mechanical construction, and facilities services primarily to commercial, industrial, utility, and institutional customers in the United States, the United Kingdom, and internationally. EMCOR Group has a market cap of $2.9 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate EMCOR Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates EMCOR Group 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, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full EMCOR Group Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Eagle Materials ( EXP) is up $0.88 (1.1%) to $78.94 on light volume. Thus far, 152,421 shares of Eagle Materials exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 526,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $78.53-$79.54 after having opened the day at $78.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $78.06.

Eagle Materials Inc. manufactures and distributes building products used in residential, industrial, commercial, and infrastructure construction in the United States. The company operates in four segments: Cement, Gypsum Wallboard, Recycled Paperboard, and Concrete and Aggregates. Eagle Materials has a market cap of $3.9 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 40.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Eagle Materials a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Eagle Materials 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, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Eagle Materials Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Cemex S.A.B. de C.V ( CX) is up $0.21 (1.7%) to $12.72 on heavy volume. Thus far, 11.2 million shares of Cemex S.A.B. de C.V exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $12.59-$12.84 after having opened the day at $12.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.51.

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 $13.7 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 5.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts who 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 increase in stock price during the past year, 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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If you are interested in one of these 4 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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