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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 9 points (0.0%) at 17,542 as of Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,510 issues advancing vs. 1,477 declining with 142 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Quanta Services ( PWR), down 13.3%, and Sherwin-Williams ( SHW), down 0.9%.

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

3. Stericycle ( SRCL) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry higher today. As of noon trading, Stericycle is up $1.11 (0.8%) to $142.74 on light volume. Thus far, 148,208 shares of Stericycle exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 510,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $142.01-$142.99 after having opened the day at $142.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $141.63.

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Stericycle, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides regulated and compliance solutions to the healthcare and commercial businesses. The company collects and processes specialized waste for disposal services. Stericycle has a market cap of $12.0 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 8.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Stericycle a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Stericycle 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, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Stericycle Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Waste Management ( WM) is up $0.46 (0.9%) to $51.43 on average volume. Thus far, 801,706 shares of Waste Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $51.18-$51.48 after having opened the day at $51.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.97.

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Waste Management, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides various waste management environmental services to residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers in North America. Waste Management has a market cap of $23.0 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 0.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Waste Management a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Waste Management as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. 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 Waste Management Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Martin Marietta Materials ( MLM) is up $4.85 (2.9%) to $170.28 on heavy volume. Thus far, 646,258 shares of Martin Marietta Materials exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 819,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $165.92-$170.76 after having opened the day at $165.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $165.43.

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Martin Marietta Materials, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, supplies aggregates products and heavy building materials for the construction industry in the United States and internationally. Martin Marietta Materials has a market cap of $10.6 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 50.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Martin Marietta Materials a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Martin Marietta Materials 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, solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Martin Marietta Materials 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).