Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 22 points (0.1%) at 17,430 as of Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,691 issues advancing vs. 1,250 declining with 211 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include Quanta Services ( PWR), up 1.4%, and Sherwin-Williams ( SHW), up 1.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Cementos Pacasmayo SAA ( CPAC), down 4.8%, PulteGroup ( PHM), down 1.4%, DR Horton ( DHI), down 1.0% and Lennar ( LEN), down 0.7%.

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

3. Darling Ingredients ( DAR) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry higher today. As of noon trading, Darling Ingredients is up $1.82 (14.9%) to $13.99 on heavy volume. Thus far, 9.1 million shares of Darling Ingredients exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $13.40-$14.82 after having opened the day at $13.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.17.

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Darling Ingredients Inc. develops, produces, and sells natural ingredients from edible and inedible bio-nutrients worldwide. It operates in three segments: Feed Ingredients, Food Ingredients, and Fuel Ingredients. Darling Ingredients has a market cap of $2.0 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 33.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Darling Ingredients a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Darling Ingredients as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins, generally higher debt management risk and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Darling Ingredients Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Vulcan Materials ( VMC) is up $0.80 (0.8%) to $97.69 on average volume. Thus far, 358,877 shares of Vulcan Materials exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 895,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $96.76-$98.20 after having opened the day at $96.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $96.89.

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Vulcan Materials Company produces and sells construction aggregates, asphalt mix, and ready-mixed concrete primarily in the United States. It operates through four segments: Aggregates, Asphalt Mix, Concrete, and Calcium. Vulcan Materials has a market cap of $13.0 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 47.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Vulcan Materials a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vulcan Materials as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Vulcan Materials Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Martin Marietta Materials ( MLM) is up $1.02 (0.6%) to $173.17 on light volume. Thus far, 263,620 shares of Martin Marietta Materials exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 829,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $171.35-$173.39 after having opened the day at $172.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $172.15.

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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 $11.6 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 56.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Martin Marietta Materials a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 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, solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and compelling growth in net income. 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).