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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 37 points (-0.2%) at 16,809 as of Friday, June 27, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,843 issues advancing vs. 1,114 declining with 177 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include MasTec ( MTZ), up 1.9%, Clean Harbors ( CLH), up 1.1%, Rayonier ( RYN), up 1.0%, MDU Resources Group ( MDU), up 0.9% and Sherwin-Williams ( SHW), up 0.7%. A company within the industry that fell today was James Hardie Industries ( JHX), up 1.5%.

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

3. Eagle Materials ( EXP) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry higher today. As of noon trading, Eagle Materials is up $1.03 (1.1%) to $94.20 on light volume. Thus far, 141,961 shares of Eagle Materials exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 743,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $92.77-$94.28 after having opened the day at $92.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $93.17.

Eagle Materials Inc. manufactures and distributes building products used in residential, industrial, commercial, and infrastructure construction in the United States. The company operates in four segments: Cement, Gypsum Wallboard, Recycled Paperboard, and Concrete and Aggregates. Eagle Materials has a market cap of $4.7 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 20.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Eagle Materials a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Eagle Materials as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Eagle Materials Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Fluor ( FLR) is up $0.37 (0.5%) to $76.79 on light volume. Thus far, 220,922 shares of Fluor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $76.24-$77.23 after having opened the day at $76.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $76.42.

Fluor Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides engineering, procurement, construction, fabrication and modularization, commissioning and maintenance, and project management services worldwide. Fluor has a market cap of $12.2 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 4.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 16 analysts who rate Fluor a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fluor as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Fluor Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, PulteGroup ( PHM) is up $0.12 (0.6%) to $19.97 on average volume. Thus far, 3.1 million shares of PulteGroup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $19.71-$20.02 after having opened the day at $19.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.85.

PulteGroup, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in homebuilding and financial services businesses primarily in the United States. PulteGroup has a market cap of $7.6 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 2.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate PulteGroup a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PulteGroup as a buy. 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 notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full PulteGroup 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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