One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 217 points (1.3%) at 16,418 as of Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,782 issues advancing vs. 1,190 declining with 158 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. A company within the industry that fell today was Abengoa ( ABGB), up 10.5%. Top gainers within the industry include Toll Brothers ( TOL), up 2.6%, USG ( USG), up 2.2%, Republic Services ( RSG), up 1.7%, Sherwin-Williams ( SHW), up 1.5% and NVR ( NVR), up 1.3%.

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

3. Eagle Materials ( EXP) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry lower today. As of noon trading, Eagle Materials is down $0.92 (-1.2%) to $72.96 on average volume. Thus far, 292,483 shares of Eagle Materials exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 728,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $72.80-$74.80 after having opened the day at $74.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $73.88.

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Eagle Materials Inc. produces and sells construction products and building materials used in residential, industrial, commercial, and infrastructure construction; and products used in oil and natural gas extraction in the United States. Eagle Materials has a market cap of $3.7 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 24.3. Shares are down 2.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Eagle Materials a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Eagle Materials as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Eagle Materials Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Cemex SAB de CV ( CX) is down $0.06 (-0.9%) to $6.95 on light volume. Thus far, 5.1 million shares of Cemex SAB de CV exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $6.92-$7.15 after having opened the day at $7.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.01.

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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 $8.9 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 31.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Cemex SAB de CV a buy, 1 analyst rates 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, compelling growth in net income and notable return on equity. 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, Vulcan Materials ( VMC) is down $0.47 (-0.5%) to $91.86 on average volume. Thus far, 554,862 shares of Vulcan Materials exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $91.59-$93.81 after having opened the day at $93.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $92.33.

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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 $12.5 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 104.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 24.3. Shares are up 40.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that 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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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).