3 Stocks Moving The Materials & Construction Industry Upward

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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 2 points (0.0%) at 16,489 as of Monday, May 19, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,891 issues advancing vs. 1,078 declining with 163 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include Beacon Roofing Supply ( BECN), up 3.8%, and Rayonier ( RYN), up 1.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include James Hardie Industries ( JHX), down 2.8%, MDU Resources Group ( MDU), down 1.3%, Toll Brothers ( TOL), down 1.2% and Vulcan Materials ( VMC), down 0.8%.

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

3. Masco ( MAS) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry higher today. As of noon trading, Masco is up $0.26 (1.3%) to $21.10 on average volume. Thus far, 3.1 million shares of Masco exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.69-$21.11 after having opened the day at $20.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.84.

Masco Corporation manufactures, distributes, and installs home improvement and building products in North America and internationally. Masco has a market cap of $7.2 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 8.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Masco a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Masco as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Masco Ratings Report now.

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