3 Stocks Pushing The Materials & Construction Industry Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 51 points (-0.3%) at 18,140 as of Monday, May 11, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,286 issues advancing vs. 1,726 declining with 119 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. A company within the industry that increased today was Covanta ( CVA), up 1.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Trex ( TREX), down 3.6%, and Fastenal ( FAST), down 0.8%.

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

3. Masco ( MAS) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry higher today. As of noon trading, Masco is up $0.15 (0.6%) to $26.60 on average volume. Thus far, 2.3 million shares of Masco exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $26.24-$26.68 after having opened the day at $26.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.45.

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Masco Corporation manufactures, distributes, and installs home improvement and building products worldwide. Masco has a market cap of $9.2 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 4.7% 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 8 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, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Masco Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Vulcan Materials ( VMC) is up $0.98 (1.1%) to $91.45 on light volume. Thus far, 369,530 shares of Vulcan Materials exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $89.98-$91.58 after having opened the day at $90.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $90.47.

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Vulcan Materials Company produces and sells construction aggregates, asphalt mix, and ready-mixed concrete primarily in the United States. It operates through four segments: Aggregates, Asphalt Mix, Concrete, and Calcium. Vulcan Materials has a market cap of $11.9 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 37.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Vulcan Materials a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vulcan Materials 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, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Vulcan Materials Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Waste Management ( WM) is up $0.37 (0.8%) to $49.70 on average volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of Waste Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $49.05-$49.90 after having opened the day at $49.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.33.

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Waste Management, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides various waste management environmental services to residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers in North America. Waste Management has a market cap of $22.4 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 4.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year, notable return on equity and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Waste Management 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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