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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 70 points (-0.4%) at 16,940 as of Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,489 issues advancing vs. 1,550 declining with 137 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits down 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Sherwin-Williams ( SHW), down 0.6%, and Weyerhaeuser ( WY), down 0.6%.

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

3. Vulcan Materials ( VMC) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry lower today. As of noon trading, Vulcan Materials is down $0.93 (-1.6%) to $58.23 on average volume. Thus far, 425,086 shares of Vulcan Materials exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 839,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $58.16-$59.61 after having opened the day at $59.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.16.

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 $7.7 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 0.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that 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, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. 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 down $1.87 (-2.0%) to $92.52 on heavy volume. Thus far, 444,891 shares of Eagle Materials exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 592,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $92.18-$94.89 after having opened the day at $94.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $94.39.

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 $4.8 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 21.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts that 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 down $2.61 (-2.1%) to $120.28 on average volume. Thus far, 345,721 shares of Martin Marietta Materials exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 797,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $120.20-$123.48 after having opened the day at $123.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $122.89.

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 $8.3 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 23.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts that 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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