3 Materials & Construction Stocks Moving The Industry Upward

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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 13 points (0.1%) at 17,609 as of Tuesday, June 30, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,652 issues advancing vs. 1,385 declining with 154 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the industry include Apogee ( APOG), up 2.5%, Headwaters ( HW), up 1.9%, Covanta ( CVA), up 1.6%, Masonite International ( DOOR), up 1.5% and Armstrong World Industries ( AWI), up 0.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Abengoa ( ABGB), down 1.1%, and Stantec ( STN), down 1.1%.

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 $0.26 (1.0%) to $26.70 on light volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Masco exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $26.54-$26.83 after having opened the day at $26.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.44.

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Masco Corporation manufactures, distributes, and installs home improvement and building products worldwide. Masco has a market cap of $9.5 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 4.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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, Cemex SAB de CV ( CX) is up $0.06 (0.6%) to $9.08 on light volume. Thus far, 4.4 million shares of Cemex SAB de CV exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $9.06-$9.19 after having opened the day at $9.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.03.

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CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V., a building materials company, produces, markets, distributes, and sells cement, ready-mix concrete, aggregates, and other construction materials in Mexico, the United States, Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, South America, the Caribbean, and Asia. Cemex SAB de CV has a market cap of $12.0 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 6.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Cemex SAB de CV a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cemex SAB de CV as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, notable return on equity and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins. Get the full Cemex SAB de CV Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Lennar ( LEN) is up $0.39 (0.8%) to $51.22 on average volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Lennar exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $51.02-$51.86 after having opened the day at $51.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.83.

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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 $9.0 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 13.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 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, attractive valuation levels and compelling growth in net income. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. 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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