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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 53 points (0.3%) at 17,715 as of Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,670 issues advancing vs. 1,290 declining with 158 unchanged.

The Industrial Goods sector currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. A company within the sector that increased today was Cemex SAB de CV ( CX), up 1.1%.

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

3. Eagle Materials ( EXP) is one of the companies pushing the Industrial Goods sector higher today. As of noon trading, Eagle Materials is up $2.41 (3.0%) to $82.84 on average volume. Thus far, 356,700 shares of Eagle Materials exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 786,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $80.05-$83.14 after having opened the day at $80.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $80.43.

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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 $4.2 billion and is part of the materials & construction industry. Shares are up 5.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts who 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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2. As of noon trading, Raytheon ( RTN) is up $1.31 (1.2%) to $106.25 on average volume. Thus far, 726,553 shares of Raytheon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $104.91-$106.52 after having opened the day at $105.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $104.94.

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Raytheon Company develops integrated products, services, and solutions in the areas of sensing; effects; command, control, communications, and intelligence; mission support; and cyber and information security worldwide. Raytheon has a market cap of $32.8 billion and is part of the aerospace/defense industry. Shares are down 3.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Raytheon a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Raytheon as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels, notable return on equity and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Raytheon Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, United Technologies ( UTX) is up $1.26 (1.1%) to $118.66 on average volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of United Technologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $117.37-$118.75 after having opened the day at $117.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $117.40.

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United Technologies Corporation provides technology products and services to building systems and aerospace industries worldwide. United Technologies has a market cap of $110.4 billion and is part of the aerospace/defense industry. Shares are up 2.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 12 analysts who rate United Technologies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Technologies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full United Technologies 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 industrial goods sector could consider Industrial Select Sector SPDR ( XLI) while those bearish on the industrial goods sector could consider ProShares Short Dow 30 ( DOG).

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