3 Stocks Advancing The Materials & Construction Industry

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 67 points (0.4%) at 16,436 as of Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,992 issues advancing vs. 961 declining with 169 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits up 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.4%. Top gainers within the industry include USG ( USG), up 2.5%, Owens-Corning ( OC), up 1.9%, Toll Brothers ( TOL), up 1.7%, Waste Management ( WM), up 1.3% and Martin Marietta Materials ( MLM), up 1.1%. A company within the industry that fell today was Harsco ( HSC), up 2.1%.

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

3. Masco ( MAS) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry higher today. As of noon trading, Masco is up $0.37 (1.8%) to $21.43 on light volume. Thus far, 1.6 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 $21.10-$21.52 after having opened the day at $21.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.06.

Masco Corporation manufactures, distributes, and installs home improvement and building products in North America and internationally. Masco has a market cap of $7.6 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 7.5% 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, good cash flow from operations, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Masco Ratings Report now.

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