All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 163 points (-1.0%) at 16,122 as of Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,041 issues advancing vs. 1,943 declining with 144 unchanged.

The Industrial Goods sector currently sits down 0.9% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.7%. A company within the sector that increased today was Sherwin-Williams ( SHW), up 2.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Fastenal ( FAST), down 3.6%, Cummins ( CMI), down 3.3%, Emerson Electric ( EMR), down 2.9%, Weyerhaeuser ( WY), down 2.1% and Deere ( DE), down 2.1%.

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

3. Vulcan Materials ( VMC) is one of the companies pushing the Industrial Goods sector higher today. As of noon trading, Vulcan Materials is up $2.32 (2.6%) to $91.52 on average volume. Thus far, 710,004 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 $89.37-$91.92 after having opened the day at $89.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $89.20.

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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 $11.3 billion and is part of the materials & construction industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 94.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 23.7. Shares are up 35.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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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2. As of noon trading, Martin Marietta Materials ( MLM) is up $3.64 (2.4%) to $155.60 on heavy volume. Thus far, 741,919 shares of Martin Marietta Materials exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 822,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $152.71-$156.61 after having opened the day at $152.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $151.95.

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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 $9.9 billion and is part of the materials & construction industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 46.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 23.7. Shares are up 37.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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, 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. Get the full Martin Marietta Materials Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Mohawk Industries ( MHK) is up $3.15 (1.7%) to $184.94 on heavy volume. Thus far, 685,333 shares of Mohawk Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 703,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $180.88-$186.72 after having opened the day at $182.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $181.79.

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Mohawk Industries, Inc. designs, manufactures, sources, distributes, and markets flooring products for residential and commercial applications for remodeling and new constructions worldwide. It operates in three segments: Carpet, Ceramic, and Laminate and Wood. Mohawk Industries has a market cap of $13.0 billion and is part of the consumer durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 23.7. Shares are up 17.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Mohawk Industries a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mohawk Industries as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Mohawk 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 industrial goods sector could consider Industrial Select Sector SPDR ( XLI) while those bearish on the industrial goods sector could consider ProShares Short Dow 30 ( DOG).