One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 19 points (0.1%) at 16,403 as of Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,924 issues advancing vs. 1,044 declining with 160 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include Matrix Service ( MTRX), up 8.1%, USG ( USG), up 1.9%, Clean Harbors ( CLH), up 1.9%, Plum Creek Timber ( PCL), up 1.0% and Waste Connections ( WCN), up 0.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Abengoa ( ABGB), down 7.2%, and Weyerhaeuser ( WY), down 0.5%.

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 $1.26 (0.9%) to $138.31 on light volume. Thus far, 161,842 shares of Stericycle exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 724,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $137.11-$138.66 after having opened the day at $137.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $137.05.

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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 $11.7 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 4.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate Stericycle a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 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 is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full Stericycle Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Vulcan Materials ( VMC) is up $0.84 (0.8%) to $99.79 on light volume. Thus far, 326,075 shares of Vulcan Materials exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $99.11-$100.46 after having opened the day at $99.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $98.95.

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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 $13.5 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 50.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Vulcan Materials a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 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 increase in net income. 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 $1.05 (0.6%) to $170.94 on average volume. Thus far, 297,191 shares of Martin Marietta Materials exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 767,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $170.69-$173.48 after having opened the day at $171.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $169.89.

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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 $11.8 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 54.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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, compelling growth in net income, 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 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).