3 Materials & Construction Stocks Pushing The Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 22 points (0.1%) at 17,036 as of Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,316 issues advancing vs. 1,661 declining with 150 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include PulteGroup ( PHM), up 1.4%, and Eagle Materials ( EXP), up 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Fluor ( FLR), down 2.2%, USG ( USG), down 0.9%, James Hardie Industries ( JHX), down 0.8% and MDU Resources Group ( MDU), down 0.7%.

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

3. Ryland Group ( RYL) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry higher today. As of noon trading, Ryland Group is up $0.74 (2.0%) to $36.98 on average volume. Thus far, 461,184 shares of Ryland Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 990,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $36.11-$37.12 after having opened the day at $36.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.24.

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The Ryland Group, Inc. operates as a homebuilder and a mortgage-finance company in the United States. It is engaged in building single-family detached homes; and attached homes, such as townhomes, condominiums, and mid-rise buildings, as well as in the sale of land and lots. Ryland Group has a market cap of $1.7 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 16.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Ryland Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ryland Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins. Get the full Ryland Group Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Toll Brothers ( TOL) is up $0.21 (0.6%) to $33.83 on average volume. Thus far, 955,643 shares of Toll Brothers exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.37-$33.90 after having opened the day at $33.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.62.

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Toll Brothers, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, builds, markets, and arranges finance for detached and attached homes in luxury residential communities in the Unites States. It is also involved in building and selling homes in urban infill markets. Toll Brothers has a market cap of $6.0 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 9.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Toll Brothers a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Toll Brothers 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, increase in net income, increase in stock price during the past year and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Toll Brothers Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, DR Horton ( DHI) is up $0.12 (0.5%) to $21.80 on light volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of DR Horton exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.48-$21.84 after having opened the day at $21.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.69.

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D.R. Horton, Inc. operates as a homebuilding company. It is engaged in the acquisition and development of land; and construction and sale of residential homes in 27 states and 78 markets in the United States under the D.R. Horton, America's Builder, Emerald Homes, and Breland Homes. DR Horton has a market cap of $7.9 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 2.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate DR Horton a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates DR Horton 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, reasonable valuation levels and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full DR Horton 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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