3 Stocks Improving Performance Of The Materials & Construction Industry

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 12 points (-0.1%) at 16,797 as of Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,344 issues advancing vs. 1,611 declining with 185 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the industry include James Hardie Industries ( JHX), up 2.2%, and Chicago Bridge & Iron Company ( CBI), up 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include DR Horton ( DHI), down 1.9%, Fluor ( FLR), down 1.8%, Owens-Corning ( OC), down 1.4% and Weyerhaeuser ( WY), down 1.1%.

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

3. Texas Industries ( TXI) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry higher today. As of noon trading, Texas Industries is up $1.37 (1.5%) to $92.79 on heavy volume. Thus far, 137,125 shares of Texas Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 166,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $91.22-$92.81 after having opened the day at $91.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $91.42.

Texas Industries, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of heavy construction materials in the southwestern United States. The company operates in three segments: Cement, Aggregates, and Consumer Products. Texas Industries has a market cap of $2.6 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 32.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Texas Industries a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Texas Industries as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Texas Industries Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Martin Marietta Materials ( MLM) is up $1.98 (1.5%) to $132.73 on light volume. Thus far, 197,707 shares of Martin Marietta Materials exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 661,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $130.32-$132.75 after having opened the day at $131.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $130.75.

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 $6.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 30.8% 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 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 $0.12 (0.9%) to $13.18 on light volume. Thus far, 3.1 million shares of Cemex SAB de CV exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $13.02-$13.18 after having opened the day at $13.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.06.

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 $15.6 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 10.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 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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