3 Materials & Construction Stocks On The Rise

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 77 points (-0.5%) at 16,493 as of Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,020 issues advancing vs. 1,966 declining with 149 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.6%. A company within the industry that increased today was James Hardie Industries ( JHX), up 1.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Sherwin-Williams ( SHW), down 0.6%, and Fluor ( FLR), down 0.6%.

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

3. Vulcan Materials ( VMC) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry higher today. As of noon trading, Vulcan Materials is up $0.40 (0.6%) to $63.67 on heavy volume. Thus far, 670,171 shares of Vulcan Materials exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 808,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $61.60-$64.26 after having opened the day at $62.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.27.

Vulcan Materials Company produces and sells construction aggregates, asphalt mix, ready-mixed concrete, and cement primarily in the United States. The company's Aggregates segment offers crushed stone, sand and gravel, sand, and other aggregates, as well as related products and services. Vulcan Materials has a market cap of $8.3 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 6.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Vulcan Materials a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

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

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2. As of noon trading, Eagle Materials ( EXP) is up $1.22 (1.3%) to $93.50 on average volume. Thus far, 363,885 shares of Eagle Materials exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 694,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $91.62-$94.41 after having opened the day at $91.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $92.28.

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 $4.6 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 19.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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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1. As of noon trading, Martin Marietta Materials ( MLM) is up $0.88 (0.7%) to $127.63 on average volume. Thus far, 427,314 shares of Martin Marietta Materials exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $125.86-$128.36 after having opened the day at $125.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $126.75.

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 $5.8 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 26.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Martin Marietta Materials 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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