3 Materials & Construction Stocks Pushing The Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 120 points (-0.7%) at 18,024 as of Wednesday, June 24, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,001 issues advancing vs. 1,949 declining with 196 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%. A company within the industry that increased today was Lennar ( LEN), up 4.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Martin Marietta Materials ( MLM), down 2.0%, Owens-Corning ( OC), down 1.8%, Vulcan Materials ( VMC), down 1.8% and Chicago Bridge & Iron Company ( CBI), down 1.4%.

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

3. Toll Brothers ( TOL) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry higher today. As of noon trading, Toll Brothers is up $0.44 (1.2%) to $38.35 on average volume. Thus far, 1.0 million shares of Toll Brothers exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.30-$38.87 after having opened the day at $38.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.91.

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Toll Brothers, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, builds, markets, and arranges finance for detached and attached homes in luxury residential communities in the Unites States. It is also involved in building and selling homes in urban infill markets. Toll Brothers has a market cap of $6.7 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 10.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Toll Brothers a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Toll Brothers as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, increase in stock price during the past year, increase in net income and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Toll Brothers Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, PulteGroup ( PHM) is up $0.32 (1.6%) to $20.63 on average volume. Thus far, 3.5 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 $20.59-$21.01 after having opened the day at $20.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.31.

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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 $7.4 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 5.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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, reasonable valuation levels and increase in stock price during the past year. 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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1. As of noon trading, DR Horton ( DHI) is up $0.34 (1.2%) to $27.95 on heavy volume. Thus far, 3.9 million shares of DR Horton exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.94-$28.70 after having opened the day at $28.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.61.

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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 $10.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 9.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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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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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