All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 35 points (0.2%) at 17,119 as of Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,447 issues advancing vs. 1,507 declining with 153 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits down 1.0% versus the S&P 500, which is up 1.8%. Top gainers within the industry include Owens-Corning ( OC), up 0.8%, and Stericycle ( SRCL), up 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Eagle Materials ( EXP), down 3.6%, Chicago Bridge & Iron Company ( CBI), down 2.9%, Martin Marietta Materials ( MLM), down 1.6%, USG ( USG), down 1.5% and PulteGroup ( PHM), down 1.1%.

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

3. NVR ( NVR) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry higher today. As of noon trading, NVR is up $18.93 (1.2%) to $1,588.93 on average volume. Thus far, 18,105 shares of NVR exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 31,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $1,553.32-$1,594.42 after having opened the day at $1,568.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1,570.00.

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NVR, Inc. operates as a homebuilder in the United States. The company operates through Homebuilding and Mortgage Banking segments. NVR has a market cap of $6.4 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 23.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts who rate NVR a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates NVR 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, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full NVR Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Republic Services ( RSG) is up $0.32 (0.7%) to $43.57 on light volume. Thus far, 279,417 shares of Republic Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $43.12-$43.62 after having opened the day at $43.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.25.

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Republic Services, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides non-hazardous solid waste collection, transfer, recycling, and disposal services for commercial, industrial, municipal, and residential customers in the United States. It operates through three segments: East, Central, and West. Republic Services has a market cap of $15.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 7.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Republic Services a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Republic Services as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Republic Services Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Waste Management ( WM) is up $0.28 (0.5%) to $53.44 on light volume. Thus far, 385,724 shares of Waste Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $53.01-$53.56 after having opened the day at $53.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.16.

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Waste Management, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides various waste management environmental services to residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers in North America. Waste Management has a market cap of $23.9 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 3.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Waste Management a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Waste Management as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. 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 Waste Management 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).