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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