4 Stocks Pushing The Materials & Construction Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 126 points (-0.8%) at 15,723 as of Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,087 issues advancing vs. 1,837 declining with 186 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.5%. A company within the industry that increased today was DR Horton ( DHI), up 3.7%. A company within the industry that fell today was Cemex S.A.B. de C.V ( CX), up 0.7%.

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 $38.52 (3.4%) to $1,158.72 on heavy volume. Thus far, 42,735 shares of NVR exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 42,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $1,103.30-$1,158.96 after having opened the day at $1,103.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1,120.20.

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 $5.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate NVR a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 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, notable return on equity, impressive record of earnings per share growth 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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3. As of noon trading, Toll Brothers ( TOL) is up $1.14 (3.2%) to $37.27 on average volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Toll Brothers exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.48-$37.58 after having opened the day at $35.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.13.

Toll Brothers, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, builds, markets, and arranges finance for detached and attached homes in luxury residential communities in the Unites States. It is also involved in building and selling homes in urban infill markets. Toll Brothers has a market cap of $6.5 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 37.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts who 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 lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Toll Brothers Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, PulteGroup ( PHM) is up $0.80 (4.0%) to $20.57 on heavy volume. Thus far, 6.5 million shares of PulteGroup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $19.72-$20.71 after having opened the day at $19.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.77.

PulteGroup, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in homebuilding and financial services businesses primarily in the United States. PulteGroup has a market cap of $7.4 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 3.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate PulteGroup a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 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. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full PulteGroup Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Lennar Corporation ( LEN) is up $1.36 (3.5%) to $40.20 on average volume. Thus far, 2.3 million shares of Lennar Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.25-$40.45 after having opened the day at $38.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.85.

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 $6.8 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Lennar Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 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 lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Lennar Corporation 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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