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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 Materials & Construction industry currently sits up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include NCI Building Systems ( NCS), up 7.5%, Eagle Materials ( EXP), up 3.0%, Standard Pacific ( SPF), up 2.4%, MDU Resources Group ( MDU), up 1.6% and NVR ( NVR), up 1.1%.

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

3. PulteGroup ( PHM) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry higher today. As of noon trading, PulteGroup is up $0.22 (1.1%) to $21.26 on light volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of PulteGroup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.96-$21.28 after having opened the day at $21.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.04.

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PulteGroup, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the homebuilding business; mortgage banking operations; and title operations in the United States. PulteGroup has a market cap of $7.9 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 2.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate PulteGroup a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PulteGroup 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, increase in stock price during the past year and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full PulteGroup Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Cemex SAB de CV ( CX) is up $0.10 (1.1%) to $9.28 on light volume. Thus far, 5.4 million shares of Cemex SAB de CV exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 15.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $9.06-$9.30 after having opened the day at $9.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.18.

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CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V., through its subsidiaries, 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 $11.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 9.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts who 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, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year. Get the full Cemex SAB de CV Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, DR Horton ( DHI) is up $0.22 (0.8%) to $26.13 on light volume. Thus far, 960,013 shares of DR Horton exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $25.77-$26.15 after having opened the day at $25.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.91.

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D.R. Horton, Inc. operates as a homebuilding company. It is engaged in the acquisition and development of land; and construction and sale of residential homes in 27 states and 79 markets in the United States under the names of D.R. DR Horton has a market cap of $9.6 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 2.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate DR Horton a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates DR Horton as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full DR Horton 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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