All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 11 points (-0.1%) at 17,856 as of Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,091 issues advancing vs. 1,846 declining with 161 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits down 1.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include Vulcan Materials ( VMC), up 1.2%, Fastenal ( FAST), up 1.1% and Martin Marietta Materials ( MLM), up 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include PGT ( PGTI), down 15.7%, and DR Horton ( DHI), down 2.4%.

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

3. USG ( USG) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry higher today. As of noon trading, USG is up $0.54 (2.3%) to $24.45 on average volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of USG exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $23.68-$24.52 after having opened the day at $23.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.91.

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USG Corporation, through its subsidiaries, operates as a manufacturer and distributor of building materials worldwide. USG has a market cap of $3.4 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 14.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate USG a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates USG as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, reasonable valuation levels 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 USG Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Quanta Services ( PWR) is up $0.74 (3.7%) to $20.69 on average volume. Thus far, 2.5 million shares of Quanta Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $19.80-$20.98 after having opened the day at $20.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.95.

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Quanta Services, Inc. provides specialty contracting services to the electric power, and oil and gas industries in North America and internationally. Quanta Services has a market cap of $4.0 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 29.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Quanta Services a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Quanta Services as a hold. 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 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, feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and deteriorating net income. Get the full Quanta Services Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Stericycle ( SRCL) is up $1.14 (0.9%) to $125.06 on light volume. Thus far, 231,930 shares of Stericycle exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 952,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $123.92-$125.10 after having opened the day at $123.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $123.92.

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Stericycle, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides regulated and compliance solutions to the healthcare and commercial businesses. The company collects and processes specialized waste for disposal services. Stericycle has a market cap of $10.6 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 5.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Stericycle a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Stericycle 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, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Stericycle 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).