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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 31 points (-0.2%) at 18,049 as of Monday, April 27, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,377 issues advancing vs. 1,612 declining with 170 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include Chicago Bridge & Iron Company ( CBI), up 3.1%, Cemex SAB de CV ( CX), up 2.5%, Fluor ( FLR), up 1.6% and NVR ( NVR), up 1.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Republic Services ( RSG), down 0.9%, and Weyerhaeuser ( WY), down 0.5%.

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

3. Eagle Materials ( EXP) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry higher today. As of noon trading, Eagle Materials is up $1.42 (1.7%) to $85.78 on light volume. Thus far, 272,767 shares of Eagle Materials exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 760,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $84.39-$85.99 after having opened the day at $84.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $84.36.

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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 industrial goods sector. Shares are up 11.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Eagle Materials a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates 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, Masco ( MAS) is up $0.34 (1.3%) to $26.54 on heavy volume. Thus far, 3.0 million shares of Masco exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $26.31-$26.74 after having opened the day at $26.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.19.

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Masco Corporation manufactures, distributes, and installs home improvement and building products worldwide. Masco has a market cap of $9.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 4.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Masco a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Masco as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income and impressive record of earnings per share growth. 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 Masco Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Fastenal ( FAST) is up $0.88 (2.1%) to $42.51 on average volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Fastenal exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.57-$42.56 after having opened the day at $41.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.63.

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Fastenal Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the wholesale distribution of industrial and construction supplies in the United States, Canada, and internationally. The company offers fasteners, and other industrial and construction supplies primarily under the Fastenal name. Fastenal has a market cap of $12.4 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 11.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Fastenal a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fastenal 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, notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Fastenal 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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