Today's Top Performers In Industrial Goods

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 19 points (0.1%) at 18,317 as of Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,119 issues advancing vs. 1,843 declining with 190 unchanged.

The Industrial Goods sector currently sits down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the sector include Masco ( MAS), up 2.3%, Mohawk Industries ( MHK), up 1.2%, Weyerhaeuser ( WY), up 0.8%, Sherwin-Williams ( SHW), up 0.7% and United Technologies ( UTX), up 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Allegheny Technologies ( ATI), down 3.4%, Chicago Bridge & Iron Company ( CBI), down 3.1%, Huntington Ingalls Industries ( HII), down 2.5%, Quanta Services ( PWR), down 1.9% and ABB ( ABB), down 1.9%.

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

3. TransDigm Group ( TDG) is one of the companies pushing the Industrial Goods sector higher today. As of noon trading, TransDigm Group is up $1.80 (0.8%) to $228.54 on light volume. Thus far, 105,818 shares of TransDigm Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 336,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $226.82-$228.55 after having opened the day at $227.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $226.74.

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TransDigm Group Incorporated, through its subsidiaries, designs, produces, and supplies aerospace components for commercial and military aircraft customers in the United States. The company operates through three segments: Power & Control, Airframe, and Non-aviation. TransDigm Group has a market cap of $12.1 billion and is part of the aerospace/defense industry. Shares are up 15.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate TransDigm Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates TransDigm Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and solid stock price performance. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full TransDigm Group Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, DR Horton ( DHI) is up $0.42 (1.6%) to $26.88 on average volume. Thus far, 3.4 million shares of DR Horton exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $26.61-$27.47 after having opened the day at $27.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.46.

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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 materials & construction industry. Shares are up 4.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 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, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel its 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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1. As of noon trading, Northrop Grumman ( NOC) is up $0.96 (0.6%) to $158.98 on light volume. Thus far, 300,072 shares of Northrop Grumman exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $157.62-$159.21 after having opened the day at $158.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $158.02.

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Northrop Grumman Corporation, a security company, provides systems, products, and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, and technical service areas to government and commercial customers worldwide. Northrop Grumman has a market cap of $30.6 billion and is part of the aerospace/defense industry. Shares are up 7.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Northrop Grumman a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Northrop Grumman as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Northrop Grumman 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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