Today's Top Performers In Materials & Construction

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 97 points (-0.5%) at 17,802 as of Monday, June 15, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,032 issues advancing vs. 1,944 declining with 177 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits down 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.5%. Top gainers within the industry include Standard Pacific ( SPF), up 6.1%, Builders FirstSource ( BLDR), up 4.5%, M D C Holdings ( MDC), up 3.4% and Meritage Homes ( MTH), up 2.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Quanta Services ( PWR), down 1.7%, MDU Resources Group ( MDU), down 1.5%, Vulcan Materials ( VMC), down 0.7%, Masco ( MAS), down 0.7% and Stericycle ( SRCL), down 0.6%.

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 $0.27 (1.4%) to $19.54 on average volume. Thus far, 2.2 million shares of PulteGroup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $19.17-$19.66 after having opened the day at $19.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.27.

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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 $7.0 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 10.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate PulteGroup a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 5 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 and reasonable valuation levels. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full PulteGroup Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, DR Horton ( DHI) is up $0.18 (0.7%) to $26.89 on average volume. Thus far, 2.2 million shares of DR Horton exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $26.62-$27.21 after having opened the day at $26.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.71.

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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 $9.7 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 5.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 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, Lennar ( LEN) is up $0.50 (1.1%) to $47.97 on average volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Lennar exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $47.25-$48.41 after having opened the day at $47.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.47.

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Lennar Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the homebuilding activities in the United States. Lennar has a market cap of $8.2 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 5.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Lennar a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lennar as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, reasonable valuation levels and compelling growth in net income. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Lennar 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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