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

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 17 points (-0.1%) at 16,759 as of Monday, June 16, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,419 issues advancing vs. 1,541 declining with 179 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the industry include MDU Resources Group ( MDU), up 1.0%, and Lennar ( LEN), up 0.9%. A company within the industry that fell today was Masco ( MAS), up 1.5%.

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

3. Rayonier ( RYN) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry higher today. As of noon trading, Rayonier is up $0.32 (0.7%) to $47.94 on heavy volume. Thus far, 645,779 shares of Rayonier exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 638,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $47.37-$48.02 after having opened the day at $47.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.62.

Rayonier, Inc. engages in the sale and development of real estate and timberland management, as well as in the production and sale of cellulose fibers in the United States, New Zealand, and Australia. Rayonier has a market cap of $6.1 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 2 analysts who rate Rayonier a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Rayonier as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Rayonier Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Louisiana-Pacific ( LPX) is up $0.21 (1.5%) to $14.51 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Louisiana-Pacific exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $14.22-$14.60 after having opened the day at $14.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.30.

Louisiana-Pacific Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells building products for new home construction, repair and remodeling, manufactured housing, and light industrial and commercial construction. Louisiana-Pacific has a market cap of $2.0 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 22.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Louisiana-Pacific a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Louisiana-Pacific as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full Louisiana-Pacific Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, DR Horton ( DHI) is up $0.14 (0.6%) to $23.58 on light volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of DR Horton exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $23.28-$23.74 after having opened the day at $23.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.44.

D.R. Horton, Inc. operates as a homebuilding company. It is engaged in the acquisition and development of land; and construction and sale of residential homes in 27 states and 78 markets in the United States under the D.R. Horton, America's Builder, Emerald Homes, and Breland Homes. DR Horton has a market cap of $7.8 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 5.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate DR Horton a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates DR Horton as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, increase in net income, attractive valuation levels, growth in earnings per share and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full DR Horton 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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