3 Materials & Construction Stocks Nudging The Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 57 points (-0.3%) at 17,793 as of Monday, June 8, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,037 issues advancing vs. 1,919 declining with 182 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. A company within the industry that increased today was Weyerhaeuser ( WY), up 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include USG ( USG), down 2.7%, Owens-Corning ( OC), down 2.2%, Quanta Services ( PWR), down 1.3%, Eagle Materials ( EXP), down 1.0% and Toll Brothers ( TOL), down 1.0%.

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

3. Primoris Services ( PRIM) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry higher today. As of noon trading, Primoris Services is up $0.56 (3.0%) to $19.46 on light volume. Thus far, 68,591 shares of Primoris Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 323,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $18.81-$19.46 after having opened the day at $18.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.90.

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Primoris Services Corporation, a specialty contractor and infrastructure company, provides a range of construction, fabrication, maintenance, replacement, water and wastewater, and engineering services in the United States and internationally. Primoris Services has a market cap of $968.2 million and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 18.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Primoris Services a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Primoris Services as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Primoris Services Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Headwaters ( HW) is up $0.41 (2.2%) to $19.00 on average volume. Thus far, 264,537 shares of Headwaters exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 567,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $18.76-$19.43 after having opened the day at $18.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.59.

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Headwaters Incorporated, a building products company, provides products and services in the light and heavy building materials sectors primarily in the United States and Canada. It operates through three segments: Light Building Products, Heavy Construction Materials, and Energy Technology. Headwaters has a market cap of $1.4 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 24.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Headwaters a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Headwaters as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins. Get the full Headwaters Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Plum Creek Timber ( PCL) is up $0.23 (0.6%) to $40.99 on average volume. Thus far, 447,737 shares of Plum Creek Timber exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 879,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.70-$41.03 after having opened the day at $40.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.76.

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Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust (REIT). The trust owns and manages timberlands in the United States. Its products include lumber products, plywood, medium density fiberboard, and related by-products, such as wood chips. Plum Creek Timber has a market cap of $7.2 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 4.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Plum Creek Timber a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Plum Creek Timber as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Plum Creek Timber 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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