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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 60 points (0.3%) at 17,380 as of Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, 12:05 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,141 issues advancing vs. 842 declining with 156 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits up 0.9% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.4%. A company within the industry that fell today was Weyerhaeuser ( WY), up 0.7%. Top gainers within the industry include Chicago Bridge & Iron Company ( CBI), up 3.8%, Eagle Materials ( EXP), up 2.8%, MDU Resources Group ( MDU), up 1.9%, Quanta Services ( PWR), up 1.7% and Lennar ( LEN), up 1.7%.

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

3. Covanta ( CVA) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry lower today. As of noon trading, Covanta is down $0.33 (-1.6%) to $20.37 on light volume. Thus far, 393,820 shares of Covanta exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.32-$20.82 after having opened the day at $20.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.70.

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Covanta Holding Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides waste and energy services to municipal entities primarily in North America. Covanta has a market cap of $2.7 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 6.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Covanta a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Covanta as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. 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 Covanta Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, USG ( USG) is down $0.25 (-0.9%) to $28.70 on average volume. Thus far, 856,790 shares of USG exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $28.02-$28.90 after having opened the day at $28.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.95.

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USG Corporation, through its subsidiaries, operates as a manufacturer and distributor of building materials worldwide. It operates in three segments: North American Gypsum, Worldwide Ceilings, and Building Products Distribution. USG has a market cap of $4.3 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 3.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate USG a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates USG as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, unimpressive growth in net income and poor profit margins. Get the full USG Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Cemex SAB de CV ( CX) is down $0.14 (-1.5%) to $9.32 on heavy volume. Thus far, 9.2 million shares of Cemex SAB de CV exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $9.26-$9.54 after having opened the day at $9.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.46.

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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 $11.5 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 7.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that 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 impressive record of earnings per share growth, notable return on equity and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins. Get the full Cemex SAB de CV 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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