NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- In the third quarter of 2015, the S&P 500 Materials index took a nosedive, even when compared to a decline in the general market.

In the third quarter, the S&P 500 Materials index plummeted nearly 18%, while the market as a whole was down about 7% in the worst quarter for the markets in four years.

In the first half of the year, S&P Materials index declined by 6%, while the S&P 500 was up slightly at 1.2%. 

Nonetheless, there were a few good buys -- even a handful that had a positive return. TheStreet paired the 10 best performing materials sector stocks with TheStreet Ratings to determine whether they really are good investments going forward.

Here are the 10 stocks in the materials sector which had the best third-quarter.

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paired each of these tickers with TheStreet Ratings to let you know if you should buy, sell, or hold these best performing stocks. (Note: Because of TheStreet Ratings parameters, not all stocks on this list have a rating).

TheStreet Ratings, TheStreet's proprietary ratings tool, projects a stock's total return potential over a 12-month period including both price appreciation and dividends. Based on 32 major data points, TheStreet Ratings uses a quantitative approach to rating over 4,300 stocks to predict return potential for the next year. The model is both objective, using elements such as volatility of past operating revenues, financial strength, and company cash flows, and subjective, including expected equities market returns, future interest rates, implied industry outlook and forecasted company earnings.

Buying an S&P 500 stock that TheStreet Ratings rated a "buy" yielded a 16.56% return in 2014 beating the S&P 500 Total Return Index by 304 basis points. Buying a Russell 2000 stock that TheStreet Ratings rated a "buy" yielded a 9.5% return in 2014, beating the Russell 2000 index, including dividends reinvested, by 460 basis points last year.

Check out which stocks were among the best performers to date, counting down from 10 to one.


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10. Ball Corporation (BLL)

Rating: Buy, B+
Market Cap: $8.5 billion
Year-to-date return: -11.33%

Ball Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, supplies metal packaging products to the beverage, food, personal care, and household products industries worldwide.

TheStreet Ratings team rates BALL CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of B+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

We rate BALL CORP (BLL) a BUY. This is driven by a number of strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • BALL CORP has improved earnings per share by 5.6% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, BALL CORP increased its bottom line by earning $3.30 versus $2.73 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($3.32 versus $3.30).
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $392.20 million or 13.28% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, BALL CORP has also modestly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 13.10%.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500, but is less than that of the Containers & Packaging industry average. The net income increased by 4.8% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $153.10 million to $160.40 million.
  • BLL, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 1.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 5.2%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • After a year of stock price fluctuations, the net result is that BLL's price has not changed very much. Although its weak earnings growth may have played a role in this flat result, don't lose sight of the fact that the performance of the overall market, as measured by the S&P 500 Index, was essentially similar. Despite the stock's decline during the last year, it is still somewhat more expensive (in proportion to its earnings over the last year) than most other stocks in its industry. We feel, however, that other strengths this company displays offset this slight negative.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: BLL

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9. Owens-Illinois, Inc. (OI)

Rating: Hold, C-
Market Cap: $3.3 billion
Year-to-date return: -9.68%

Owens-Illinois, Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells glass container products to food and beverage manufacturers primarily in Europe, North America, South America, and the Asia Pacific.

TheStreet Ratings team rates OWENS-ILLINOIS INC as a Hold with a ratings score of C-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

We rate OWENS-ILLINOIS INC (OI) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed ? some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. 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 deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • OI, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 1.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 14.1%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • OWENS-ILLINOIS INC has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, OWENS-ILLINOIS INC reported lower earnings of $0.59 versus $1.20 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.05 versus $0.59).
  • The share price of OWENS-ILLINOIS INC has not done very well: it is down 24.31% and has underperformed the S&P 500, in part reflecting the company's sharply declining earnings per share when compared to the year-earlier quarter. Turning toward the future, the fact that the stock has come down in price over the past year should not necessarily be interpreted as a negative; it could be one of the factors that may help make the stock attractive down the road. Right now, however, we believe that it is too soon to buy.
  • The gross profit margin for OWENS-ILLINOIS INC is rather low; currently it is at 24.37%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 2.59% trails that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has declined marginally to $166.00 million or 2.35% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: OI

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8. Sealed Air Corporation (SEE)

Rating: Buy, B-
Market Cap: $9.7 billion
Year-to-date return: -8.76%

Sealed Air Corporation provides food safety and security, facility hygiene, and product protection solutions worldwide.

TheStreet Ratings team rates SEALED AIR CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of B-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

We rate SEALED AIR CORP (SEE) a BUY. This is driven by some important positives, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • 39.09% is the gross profit margin for SEALED AIR CORP which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 1.57% trails the industry average.
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Containers & Packaging industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, SEALED AIR CORP has underperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has exceeded that of the S&P 500.
  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, SEE's share price has jumped by 32.78%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. We feel that the stock's sharp appreciation over the last year has driven it to a price level which is now somewhat expensive compared to the rest of its industry. The other strengths this company shows, however, justify the higher price levels.
  • SEALED AIR CORP has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, SEALED AIR CORP increased its bottom line by earning $1.20 versus $0.44 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.26 versus $1.20).
  • SEE, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 1.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 9.6%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: SEE


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7. Avery Dennison Corporation (AVY)

Rating: Buy, A-
Market Cap: $5.2 billion
Year-to-date return: -7.17%

Avery Dennison Corporation produces and sells pressure-sensitive materials worldwide. It operates through Pressure-Sensitive Materials, Retail Branding and Information Solutions, and Vancive Medical Technologies segments.

TheStreet Ratings team rates AVERY DENNISON CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of A-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

We rate AVERY DENNISON CORP (AVY) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • Looking at where the stock is today compared to one year ago, we find that it is not only higher, but it has also clearly outperformed the rise in the S&P 500 over the same period. Although other factors naturally played a role, the company's strong earnings growth was key. Looking ahead, unless broad bear market conditions prevail, we still see more upside potential for this stock, despite the fact that it has already risen over the past year.
  • AVERY DENNISON CORP reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past year. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, AVERY DENNISON CORP increased its bottom line by earning $2.62 versus $2.43 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($3.38 versus $2.62).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Containers & Packaging industry. The net income increased by 48.9% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $42.50 million to $63.30 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $162.60 million or 38.03% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of 13.10%.
  • Current return on equity exceeded its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of strength within the company. In comparison to other companies in the Containers & Packaging industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, AVERY DENNISON CORP has underperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has greatly exceeded that of the S&P 500.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: AVY


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6. Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (APD)

Rating: Buy, B+
Market Cap: $27.4 billion
Year-to-date return: -6.76%

Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. provides atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials, equipment, and services worldwide. The company operates in Merchant Gases, Tonnage Gases, Electronics and Performance Materials, and Equipment and Energy segments.

TheStreet Ratings team rates AIR PRODUCTS & CHEMICALS INC as a Buy with a ratings score of B+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

We rate AIR PRODUCTS & CHEMICALS INC (APD) a BUY. This is driven by a few notable strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and growth in earnings per share. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $690.70 million or 23.49% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -3.74%.
  • 39.95% is the gross profit margin for AIR PRODUCTS & CHEMICALS INC which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 12.90% trails the industry average.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.77, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels. Despite the fact that APD's debt-to-equity ratio is low, the quick ratio, which is currently 0.57, displays a potential problem in covering short-term cash needs.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500, but is less than that of the Chemicals industry average. The net income increased by 1.5% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $314.00 million to $318.80 million.
  • Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 11.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 6.2%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: APD


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5. International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (IFF)

Rating: Buy, A-
Market Cap: $8.3 billion
Year-to-date return: -5.52%

International Flavors & Fragrances Inc., together with its subsidiaries, creates, manufactures, and supplies flavors and fragrances for use in various consumer products worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Flavors and Fragrances.

TheStreet Ratings team rates INTL FLAVORS & FRAGRANCES as a Buy with a ratings score of A-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

We rate INTL FLAVORS & FRAGRANCES (IFF) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.61, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels. To add to this, IFF has a quick ratio of 1.80, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $134.84 million or 13.27% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -3.74%.
  • INTL FLAVORS & FRAGRANCES' earnings per share from the most recent quarter came in slightly below the year earlier quarter. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, INTL FLAVORS & FRAGRANCES increased its bottom line by earning $5.06 versus $4.29 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($5.37 versus $5.06).
  • Looking at where the stock is today compared to one year ago, we find that it is not only higher, but it has also clearly outperformed the rise in the S&P 500 over the same period, despite the company's weak earnings results. Looking ahead, unless broad bear market conditions prevail, we still see more upside potential for this stock, despite the fact that it has already risen over the past year.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. In comparison to other companies in the Chemicals industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, INTL FLAVORS & FRAGRANCES has underperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has greatly exceeded that of the S&P 500.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: IFF


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4. Ecolab Inc. (ECL)

Rating: Buy, A
Market Cap: $32.4 billion
Year-to-date return: -2.96%

Ecolab Inc. provides water, hygiene, and energy technologies and services for customers worldwide. The company operates in four segments: Global Industrial, Global Institutional, Global Energy, and Other.

TheStreet Ratings team rates ECOLAB INC as a Buy with a ratings score of A. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

We rate ECOLAB INC (ECL) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 65.07% to $524.10 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, ECOLAB INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -3.74%.
  • ECOLAB INC' earnings per share from the most recent quarter came in slightly below the year earlier quarter. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, ECOLAB INC increased its bottom line by earning $3.93 versus $3.15 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($4.51 versus $3.93).
  • The gross profit margin for ECOLAB INC is rather high; currently it is at 53.41%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 8.91% trails the industry average.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Chemicals industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, ECOLAB INC has underperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has exceeded that of the S&P 500.
  • Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 11.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 5.0%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: ECL


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3. Sigma-Aldrich Corporation (SIAL)

Rating: Buy, A-
Market Cap: $16.6 billion
Year-to-date return: -0.31%

Sigma-Aldrich Corporation, a life science and high technology company, develops, manufactures, purchases, and distributes various chemicals, biochemicals, and equipment products worldwide.

TheStreet Ratings team rates SIGMA-ALDRICH CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of A-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

We rate SIGMA-ALDRICH CORP (SIAL) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations 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.

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • SIAL's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.09 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 3.66, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • The gross profit margin for SIGMA-ALDRICH CORP is rather high; currently it is at 55.81%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 17.21% is above that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $154.00 million or 33.91% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -3.74%.
  • SIGMA-ALDRICH CORP's earnings per share declined by 11.7% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, SIGMA-ALDRICH CORP increased its bottom line by earning $4.17 versus $4.05 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($4.30 versus $4.17).
  • Despite the weak revenue results, SIAL has outperformed against the industry average of 11.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 0.6%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: SIAL


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2. Vulcan Materials Company (VMC)

Rating: Buy, A-
Market Cap: $11.9 billion
Year-to-date return: 6.28%

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.

TheStreet Ratings team rates VULCAN MATERIALS CO as a Buy with a ratings score of A-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

We rate VULCAN MATERIALS CO (VMC) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. 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.

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 3.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 13.1%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • VULCAN MATERIALS CO has improved earnings per share by 5.7% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, VULCAN MATERIALS CO increased its bottom line by earning $1.56 versus $0.16 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.10 versus $1.56).
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 63.18% to $45.48 million when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of 37.91%.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500, but is less than that of the Construction Materials industry average. The net income increased by 4.8% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $45.97 million to $48.16 million.
  • Investors have apparently begun to recognize positive factors similar to those we have mentioned in this report, including earnings growth. This has helped drive up the company's shares by a sharp 47.42% over the past year, a rise that has exceeded that of the S&P 500 Index. We feel that the stock's sharp appreciation over the last year has driven it to a price level which is now somewhat expensive compared to the rest of its industry. The other strengths this company shows, however, justify the higher price levels.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: VMC


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1. Martin Marietta Materials, Inc. (MLM)

Rating: Buy, A+
Market Cap: $10.2 billion
Year-to-date return: 7.38%

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.

TheStreet Ratings team rates MARTIN MARIETTA MATERIALS as a Buy with a ratings score of A+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

We rate MARTIN MARIETTA MATERIALS (MLM) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, 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.

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 3.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 37.7%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Construction Materials industry. The net income increased by 37.7% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $59.52 million to $81.94 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $91.94 million or 44.22% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, MARTIN MARIETTA MATERIALS has also modestly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 37.91%.
  • Looking at where the stock is today compared to one year ago, we find that it is not only higher, but it has also clearly outperformed the rise in the S&P 500 over the same period, despite the company's weak earnings results. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.
  • MARTIN MARIETTA MATERIALS' earnings per share from the most recent quarter came in slightly below the year earlier quarter. The company has suffered a declining pattern of earnings per share over the past year. However, we anticipate this trend reversing over the coming year. During the past fiscal year, MARTIN MARIETTA MATERIALS reported lower earnings of $2.53 versus $2.61 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($4.89 versus $2.53).
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: MLM

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