5 Materials & Construction Stocks Moving The Industry Upward

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 18 points (-0.1%) at 15,776 as of Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,409 issues advancing vs. 1,532 declining with 144 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. A company within the industry that increased today was James Hardie Industries ( JHX), up 1.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Masco Corporation ( MAS), down 2.5%, Chicago Bridge & Iron Company ( CBI), down 1.3%, Waste Management ( WM), down 0.8% and Republic Services ( RSG), down 0.8%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

5. Quanex Building Products ( NX) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry higher today. As of noon trading, Quanex Building Products is up $1.66 (9.1%) to $19.94 on heavy volume. Thus far, 292,003 shares of Quanex Building Products exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 267,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $18.75-$20.28 after having opened the day at $18.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.28.

Quanex Building Products Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides engineered materials and aluminum sheet products worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Engineered Products and Aluminum Sheet Products. Quanex Building Products has a market cap of $684.4 million and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 8.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Quanex Building Products a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Quanex Building Products 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 good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins. Get the full Quanex Building Products Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Waste Connections ( WCN) is up $0.30 (0.7%) to $42.20 on average volume. Thus far, 361,167 shares of Waste Connections exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 577,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.53-$42.23 after having opened the day at $41.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.90.

Waste Connections, Inc., an integrated solid waste services company, provides solid waste collection, transfer, disposal, and recycling services. The company operates in four segments: Western, Central, Eastern, and Exploration and Production (E&P). Waste Connections has a market cap of $5.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 4.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Waste Connections a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Waste Connections as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Waste Connections Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Texas Industries ( TXI) is up $1.72 (2.2%) to $79.55 on light volume. Thus far, 121,377 shares of Texas Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 340,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $77.06-$79.55 after having opened the day at $77.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.83.

Texas Industries, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of heavy construction materials in the southwestern United States. The company operates in three segments: Cement, Aggregates, and Consumer Products. Texas Industries has a market cap of $2.2 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 13.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Texas Industries a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Texas Industries as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full Texas Industries Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Vulcan Materials Company ( VMC) is up $0.87 (1.3%) to $65.63 on average volume. Thus far, 371,532 shares of Vulcan Materials Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 897,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $64.70-$66.38 after having opened the day at $65.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.76.

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 $8.5 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 9.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Vulcan Materials Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 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 also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins. Get the full Vulcan Materials Company Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Martin Marietta Materials ( MLM) is up $2.66 (2.4%) to $115.20 on heavy volume. Thus far, 514,025 shares of Martin Marietta Materials exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 683,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $112.10-$115.20 after having opened the day at $112.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $112.54.

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 $5.2 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 12.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Martin Marietta Materials a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 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, increase in stock price during the past year, 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 Martin Marietta Materials Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 5 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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