3 Materials & Construction Stocks Driving The Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 125 points (-0.7%) at 16,959 as of Friday, July 25, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 982 issues advancing vs. 1,968 declining with 163 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits down 0.9% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.5%.

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

3. Republic Services ( RSG) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry higher today. As of noon trading, Republic Services is up $0.62 (1.7%) to $37.67 on average volume. Thus far, 838,554 shares of Republic Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.24-$38.00 after having opened the day at $37.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.05.

Republic Services, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides non-hazardous solid waste collection, transfer, and recycling and disposal services for commercial, industrial, municipal, and residential customers in the United States and Puerto Rico. Republic Services has a market cap of $13.2 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 11.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Republic Services a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Republic Services as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Republic Services Ratings Report now.

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