Materials & Construction Stocks On The Rise With Help From 3 Stocks

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 14 points (-0.1%) at 16,929 as of Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 966 issues advancing vs. 1,989 declining with 165 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include Matrix Service ( MTRX), up 7.2%, and James Hardie Industries ( JHX), up 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include EMCOR Group ( EME), down 1.6%, Darling Ingredients ( DAR), down 1.3%, Rayonier ( RYN), down 0.8%, NVR ( NVR), down 0.8% and Plum Creek Timber ( PCL), down 0.7%.

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

3. Vulcan Materials ( VMC) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry higher today. As of noon trading, Vulcan Materials is up $1.02 (1.6%) to $64.42 on light volume. Thus far, 274,224 shares of Vulcan Materials exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 934,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $63.35-$64.52 after having opened the day at $63.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.40.

Vulcan Materials Company produces and sells construction aggregates, asphalt mix, ready-mixed concrete, and cement primarily in the United States. The company's Aggregates segment offers crushed stone, sand and gravel, sand, and other aggregates, as well as related products and services. Vulcan Materials has a market cap of $8.3 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 6.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Vulcan Materials a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vulcan 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Vulcan Materials Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Martin Marietta Materials ( MLM) is up $1.41 (1.1%) to $129.38 on light volume. Thus far, 149,683 shares of Martin Marietta Materials exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 658,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $127.54-$130.00 after having opened the day at $127.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $127.97.

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 $6.0 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 28.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Martin Marietta Materials Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Cemex SAB de CV ( CX) is up $0.16 (1.3%) to $13.24 on average volume. Thus far, 5.2 million shares of Cemex SAB de CV exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $12.99-$13.25 after having opened the day at $13.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.08.

CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V., through its subsidiaries, produces, markets, distributes, and sells cement, ready-mix concrete, aggregates, and other construction materials in Mexico, the United States, Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, South America, Central America, the Caribbean, and Asia. Cemex SAB de CV has a market cap of $15.4 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 10.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Cemex SAB de CV a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cemex SAB de CV as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. Get the full Cemex SAB de CV 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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