Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 45 points (0.3%) at 16,317 as of Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,428 issues advancing vs. 1,566 declining with 153 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include Martin Marietta Materials ( MLM), up 2.3%, Vulcan Materials ( VMC), up 1.2% and Sherwin-Williams ( SHW), up 1.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include MYR Group ( MYRG), down 7.1%, Masco ( MAS), down 0.7% and NVR ( NVR), down 0.6%.

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

3. MDU Resources Group ( MDU) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry higher today. As of noon trading, MDU Resources Group is up $0.33 (2.0%) to $17.18 on light volume. Thus far, 329,783 shares of MDU Resources Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.71-$17.24 after having opened the day at $16.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.85.

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MDU Resources Group, Inc. operates as a diversified natural resource company in the United States. The company's Electric segment generates, transmits, and distributes electricity in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming. MDU Resources Group has a market cap of $3.4 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 24.2. Shares are down 28.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate MDU Resources Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MDU Resources Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and poor profit margins. Get the full MDU Resources Group Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Owens-Corning ( OC) is up $0.67 (1.6%) to $43.54 on average volume. Thus far, 842,546 shares of Owens-Corning exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.92-$43.64 after having opened the day at $42.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.87.

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Owens Corning, together with its subsidiaries, produces and sells glass fiber reinforcements and other materials for composite systems; and residential and commercial building materials worldwide. It operates in three segments: Composites, Insulation, and Roofing. Owens-Corning has a market cap of $4.9 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 24.2. Shares are up 19.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Owens-Corning a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Owens-Corning as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and attractive valuation levels. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Owens-Corning Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Chicago Bridge & Iron Company ( CBI) is up $0.37 (1.0%) to $37.95 on average volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Chicago Bridge & Iron Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $36.75-$38.18 after having opened the day at $36.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.58.

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Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. provides conceptual design, technology, engineering, procurement, fabrication, modularization, construction, commissioning, maintenance, program management, and environmental services worldwide. Chicago Bridge & Iron Company has a market cap of $4.2 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 24.2. Shares are down 10.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Chicago Bridge & Iron Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chicago Bridge & Iron Company as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins. Get the full Chicago Bridge & Iron Company 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).