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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 13 points (0.1%) at 18,222 as of Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, 12:00 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,791 issues advancing vs. 1,158 declining with 171 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Owens-Corning ( OC), down 1.7%, Cemex SAB de CV ( CX), down 1.6% and Sherwin-Williams ( SHW), down 0.5%. A company within the industry that increased today was Weyerhaeuser ( WY), up 0.9%.

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

3. USG ( USG) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry lower today. As of noon trading, USG is down $1.67 (-5.6%) to $28.05 on average volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of USG exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $28.02-$29.71 after having opened the day at $29.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.72.

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USG Corporation, through its subsidiaries, operates as a manufacturer and distributor of building materials worldwide. USG has a market cap of $4.2 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 6.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate USG a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 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, deteriorating net income and poor profit margins. Get the full USG Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Eagle Materials ( EXP) is down $1.66 (-2.1%) to $78.80 on light volume. Thus far, 274,161 shares of Eagle Materials exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 865,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $78.35-$80.49 after having opened the day at $80.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $80.46.

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Eagle Materials Inc. manufactures and distributes building products used in residential, industrial, commercial, and infrastructure construction in the United States. The company operates in four segments: Cement, Gypsum Wallboard, Recycled Paperboard, and Concrete and Aggregates. Eagle Materials has a market cap of $4.0 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 5.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Eagle Materials a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Eagle Materials as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Eagle Materials Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Martin Marietta Materials ( MLM) is down $1.26 (-0.9%) to $142.03 on light volume. Thus far, 189,900 shares of Martin Marietta Materials exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 906,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $141.80-$144.24 after having opened the day at $143.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $143.29.

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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 $9.6 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 29.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Martin Marietta Materials a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 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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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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