3 Materials & Construction Stocks On The Rise

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 76 points (0.5%) at 16,332 as of Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,886 issues advancing vs. 1,057 declining with 161 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits up 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.5%. Top gainers within the industry include Eagle Materials ( EXP), up 1.9%, Quanta Services ( PWR), up 1.4% and Vulcan Materials Company ( VMC), up 1.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include James Hardie Industries ( JHX), down 2.5%, and MDU Resources Group ( MDU), down 0.7%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

3. Martin Marietta Materials ( MLM) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry higher today. As of noon trading, Martin Marietta Materials is up $2.34 (1.9%) to $125.26 on heavy volume. Thus far, 617,835 shares of Martin Marietta Materials exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 807,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $123.08-$125.95 after having opened the day at $123.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $122.93.

Martin Marietta Materials, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, produces and sells aggregates for the construction industry. The company operates in four segments: Mid-America Group, Southeast Group, West Group, and Specialty Products. Martin Marietta Materials has a market cap of $5.6 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 23.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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 solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. 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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