Today's Stocks Driving Success For 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 84 points (0.5%) at 17,140 as of Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,536 issues advancing vs. 1,417 declining with 186 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.4%. Top gainers within the industry include Weyerhaeuser ( WY), up 1.4%, and Vulcan Materials ( VMC), up 0.8%. A company within the industry that fell today was KB Home ( KBH), up 5.8%.

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

3. Cemex SAB de CV ( CX) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry higher today. As of noon trading, Cemex SAB de CV is up $0.12 (0.9%) to $13.29 on light volume. Thus far, 1.9 million shares of Cemex SAB de CV exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $13.13-$13.30 after having opened the day at $13.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.17.

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CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V. produces, markets, distributes, and sells cement, ready-mix concrete, clinker, aggregates, and other construction materials for home construction and concrete pavement applications. Cemex SAB de CV has a market cap of $15.7 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 11.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Cemex SAB de CV a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cemex SAB de CV as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. Get the full Cemex SAB de CV Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Sherwin-Williams ( SHW) is up $2.43 (1.1%) to $220.91 on average volume. Thus far, 251,416 shares of Sherwin-Williams exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 502,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $218.20-$221.12 after having opened the day at $218.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $218.48.

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The Sherwin-Williams Company is engaged in the development, manufacture, distribution, and sale of paints, coatings, and related products to professional, industrial, commercial, and retail customers worldwide. Sherwin-Williams has a market cap of $21.4 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 19.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Sherwin-Williams a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sherwin-Williams 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, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. 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 Sherwin-Williams Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Martin Marietta Materials ( MLM) is up $1.10 (0.8%) to $131.10 on light volume. Thus far, 426,204 shares of Martin Marietta Materials exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $129.20-$131.31 after having opened the day at $129.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $130.00.

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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 $8.6 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 30.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. 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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