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 34 points (0.2%) at 16,585 as of Friday, May 9, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,493 issues advancing vs. 1,448 declining with 155 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Fastenal ( FAST), down 0.6%, and Waste Management ( WM), down 0.6%.

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

3. Darling International ( DAR) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry higher today. As of noon trading, Darling International is up $0.61 (3.1%) to $20.52 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Darling International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $19.26-$20.71 after having opened the day at $19.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.91.

Darling International Inc. provides rendering, used cooking oil, and bakery residual recycling and recovery solutions to the food industry. The company operates in two segments, Rendering and Bakery. Darling International has a market cap of $3.3 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 4.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Darling International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Darling International 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 and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Darling International Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, USG ( USG) is up $0.39 (1.3%) to $29.59 on light volume. Thus far, 701,651 shares of USG exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $28.84-$29.65 after having opened the day at $29.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.20.

USG Corporation, through its subsidiaries, operates as a manufacturer and distributor of building materials worldwide. It operates in three segments: North American Gypsum, Worldwide Ceilings, and Building Products Distribution. USG has a market cap of $4.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 2.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate USG a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates USG as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins. Get the full USG Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Sherwin-Williams ( SHW) is up $1.25 (0.6%) to $198.71 on light volume. Thus far, 176,113 shares of Sherwin-Williams exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 700,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $196.12-$198.93 after having opened the day at $197.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $197.46.

The Sherwin-Williams Company is engaged in the development, manufacture, distribution, and sale of paints, coatings, and related products to professional, industrial, commercial, and retail customers worldwide. Sherwin-Williams has a market cap of $19.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 7.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Sherwin-Williams a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sherwin-Williams as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. 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 Sherwin-Williams Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 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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