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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 33 points (-0.2%) at 18,015 as of Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, 12:00 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,333 issues advancing vs. 1,676 declining with 132 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include Chicago Bridge & Iron Company ( CBI), up 4.0%, Clean Harbors ( CLH), up 2.9%, Stericycle ( SRCL), up 1.2% and Fastenal ( FAST), up 1.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Plum Creek Timber ( PCL), down 0.8%, and Masco ( MAS), down 0.6%.

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

3. Waste Management ( WM) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry higher today. As of noon trading, Waste Management is up $0.43 (0.8%) to $54.37 on light volume. Thus far, 756,246 shares of Waste Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $53.74-$54.37 after having opened the day at $54.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.94.

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Waste Management, Inc. provides waste management environmental services to residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers in North America. It offers collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery, and disposal services. Waste Management has a market cap of $23.5 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 5.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Waste Management a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Waste Management as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Waste Management Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Martin Marietta Materials ( MLM) is up $1.37 (0.9%) to $145.04 on average volume. Thus far, 415,848 shares of Martin Marietta Materials exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 868,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $143.20-$145.20 after having opened the day at $143.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $143.67.

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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 $9.8 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 30.2% 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, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Martin Marietta Materials Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Fluor ( FLR) is up $2.41 (4.2%) to $59.98 on average volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Fluor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $58.10-$60.19 after having opened the day at $58.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.57.

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Fluor Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides engineering, procurement, construction, fabrication and modularization, commissioning and maintenance, and project management services worldwide. Fluor has a market cap of $9.0 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 5.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 14 analysts who rate Fluor a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fluor as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, notable return on equity and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Fluor 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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