3 Stocks Driving The Materials & Construction Industry Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 10 points (-0.1%) at 17,605 as of Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, 12:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,473 issues advancing vs. 1,490 declining with 167 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Lennar ( LEN), down 1.9%, and Rayonier ( RYN), down 1.4%.

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

3. Martin Marietta Materials ( MLM) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry higher today. As of noon trading, Martin Marietta Materials is up $1.20 (1.0%) to $126.77 on light volume. Thus far, 192,082 shares of Martin Marietta Materials exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 927,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $124.79-$126.77 after having opened the day at $125.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $125.57.

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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 $8.4 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 25.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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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2. As of noon trading, Cemex SAB de CV ( CX) is up $0.07 (0.6%) to $12.49 on light volume. Thus far, 2.8 million shares of Cemex SAB de CV exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $12.37-$12.53 after having opened the day at $12.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.42.

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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 $14.7 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 5.0% 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 solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. 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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1. As of noon trading, DR Horton ( DHI) is up $0.22 (0.9%) to $24.17 on average volume. Thus far, 3.7 million shares of DR Horton exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $23.51-$24.21 after having opened the day at $23.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.95.

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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 $8.5 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 7.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate DR Horton a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 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 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 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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