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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2. As of noon trading, USG ( USG) is up $0.39 (1.4%) to $27.99 on average volume. Thus far, 995,170 shares of USG exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.42-$28.03 after having opened the day at $27.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.60.

USG Corporation, through its subsidiaries, operates as a manufacturer and distributor of building materials worldwide. It operates in three segments: North American Gypsum, Worldwide Ceilings, and Building Products Distribution. USG has a market cap of $4.0 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 2.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate USG a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates USG as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins. Get the full USG Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Masco ( MAS) is up $0.20 (1.0%) to $20.80 on average volume. Thus far, 2.5 million shares of Masco exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.40-$20.88 after having opened the day at $20.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.60.

Masco Corporation manufactures, distributes, and installs home improvement and building products in North America and internationally. Masco has a market cap of $7.5 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 9.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Masco a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Masco as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Masco 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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