One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 68 points (0.4%) at 16,398 as of Friday, Sept. 11, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,332 issues advancing vs. 1,639 declining with 143 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Abengoa ( ABGB), down 5.5%, Cemex SAB de CV ( CX), down 1.6% and Quanta Services ( PWR), down 1.4%. Top gainers within the industry include PulteGroup ( PHM), up 1.9%, Toll Brothers ( TOL), up 1.5%, Lennar ( LEN), up 1.2%, DR Horton ( DHI), up 1.2% and Stericycle ( SRCL), up 0.8%.

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

3. Continental Building Products ( CBPX) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry lower today. As of noon trading, Continental Building Products is down $1.02 (-4.8%) to $20.36 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Continental Building Products exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 304,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $19.82-$20.66 after having opened the day at $19.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.38.

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Continental Building Products, Inc. manufactures and sells gypsum wallboard and complementary finishing products in the eastern United States and eastern Canada. Continental Building Products has a market cap of $920.3 million and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 20.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Continental Building Products a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Continental Building Products as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Continental Building Products Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, MasTec ( MTZ) is down $0.48 (-2.7%) to $17.15 on average volume. Thus far, 609,481 shares of MasTec exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $17.00-$17.60 after having opened the day at $17.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.63.

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MasTec, Inc., an infrastructure construction company, provides engineering, building, installation, maintenance, and upgrade services for communications, energy, and utility infrastructure in the United States and internationally. MasTec has a market cap of $1.4 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 24.5. Shares are down 22.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate MasTec a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MasTec as a hold. The company's strongest point has been its a solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have looked at. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and deteriorating net income. Get the full MasTec Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Armstrong World Industries ( AWI) is down $0.66 (-1.2%) to $55.19 on light volume. Thus far, 167,386 shares of Armstrong World Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 526,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $54.56-$55.71 after having opened the day at $55.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.85.

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Armstrong World Industries, Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells flooring products and ceiling systems for use primarily in the construction and renovation of residential, commercial, and institutional buildings worldwide. Armstrong World Industries has a market cap of $3.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 34.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 24.5. Shares are up 9.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Armstrong World Industries a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Armstrong World Industries as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Armstrong World Industries 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).