3 Materials & Construction Stocks Moving The Industry Upward

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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 25 points (-0.1%) at 17,365 as of Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, 12:00 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,608 issues advancing vs. 1,366 declining with 174 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits down 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. A company within the industry that increased today was Vulcan Materials ( VMC), up 1.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Republic Services ( RSG), down 1.6%, and Waste Management ( WM), down 0.7%.

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

3. Plum Creek Timber ( PCL) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry higher today. As of noon trading, Plum Creek Timber is up $0.28 (0.7%) to $41.29 on light volume. Thus far, 323,585 shares of Plum Creek Timber exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.90-$41.30 after having opened the day at $40.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.01.

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Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust (REIT). The trust owns and manages timberlands in the United States. Its products include lumber products, plywood, medium density fiberboard, and related by-products, such as wood chips. Plum Creek Timber has a market cap of $7.2 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 11.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Plum Creek Timber a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Plum Creek Timber as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Plum Creek Timber Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Martin Marietta Materials ( MLM) is up $1.08 (0.9%) to $118.00 on light volume. Thus far, 282,242 shares of Martin Marietta Materials exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 885,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $116.62-$118.15 after having opened the day at $117.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $116.92.

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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 $7.7 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 17.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 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 robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Martin Marietta Materials Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Weyerhaeuser ( WY) is up $0.38 (1.1%) to $34.24 on light volume. Thus far, 864,393 shares of Weyerhaeuser exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.88-$34.30 after having opened the day at $33.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.86.

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Weyerhaeuser Company, a forest products company, grows and harvests trees, builds homes, and manufactures forest products worldwide. It grows and harvests trees for use as lumber, other wood and building products, and pulp and paper. Weyerhaeuser has a market cap of $17.7 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 7.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Weyerhaeuser a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Weyerhaeuser as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Weyerhaeuser 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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