Materials & Construction Stocks On The Rise With Help From 4 Stocks

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 91 points (-0.6%) at 15,838 as of Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 929 issues advancing vs. 2,026 declining with 145 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits down 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%. A company within the industry that fell today was Progressive Waste Solutions ( BIN), up 1.6%.

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

4. Stericycle Incorporated ( SRCL) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry higher today. As of noon trading, Stericycle Incorporated is up $1.15 (1.0%) to $116.33 on heavy volume. Thus far, 299,078 shares of Stericycle Incorporated exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 355,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $113.90-$117.45 after having opened the day at $114.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $115.18.

Stericycle, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides regulated waste management and related services. Stericycle Incorporated has a market cap of $9.9 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 33.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Stericycle Incorporated a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Stericycle Incorporated 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 good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Stericycle Incorporated Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Louisiana-Pacific ( LPX) is up $0.16 (0.9%) to $17.84 on light volume. Thus far, 727,732 shares of Louisiana-Pacific exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $17.35-$17.90 after having opened the day at $17.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.68.

Louisiana-Pacific Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in manufacturing and distributing building products for new home construction, repair and remodeling, manufactured housing, and light industrial and commercial construction. Louisiana-Pacific has a market cap of $2.5 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 4.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Louisiana-Pacific a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Louisiana-Pacific 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Louisiana-Pacific Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Vulcan Materials Company ( VMC) is up $0.92 (1.5%) to $62.50 on light volume. Thus far, 283,918 shares of Vulcan Materials Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 823,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $60.42-$62.51 after having opened the day at $60.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.58.

Vulcan Materials Company engages in the production and sale of construction aggregates, as well as asphalt mix, ready-mixed concrete, and cement primarily in the United States. The company operates in four segments: Aggregates, Concrete, Asphalt Mix, and Cement. Vulcan Materials Company has a market cap of $7.5 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 527.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Vulcan Materials Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vulcan Materials Company 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 impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. Get the full Vulcan Materials Company Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Martin Marietta Materials ( MLM) is up $1.05 (1.0%) to $107.80 on average volume. Thus far, 340,035 shares of Martin Marietta Materials exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 567,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $104.81-$109.71 after having opened the day at $109.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $106.75.

Martin Marietta Materials, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the production and sale of aggregates for the construction industry primarily in the United States, Canada, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean Islands. Martin Marietta Materials has a market cap of $4.8 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 44.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Martin Marietta Materials a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Martin Marietta Materials 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, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Martin Marietta Materials 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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