Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link. 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 lower today: 3. MDU Resources Group ( MDU) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry lower today. As of noon trading, MDU Resources Group is down $0.26 (-1.0%) to $25.45 on light volume. Thus far, 305,263 shares of MDU Resources Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 967,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $25.34-$25.61 after having opened the day at $25.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.71. STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. MDU Resources Group, Inc. operates as a diversified natural resource company in the United States. The company's Electric segment generates, transmits, and distributes electricity in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming. MDU Resources Group has a market cap of $5.0 billion and is part of the utilities sector. Shares are down 15.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate MDU Resources Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold. TheStreet Ratings rates MDU Resources Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and revenue growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full MDU Resources Group Ratings Report now. STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.