Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 22 points (-0.1%) at 17,716 as of Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,449 issues advancing vs. 1,474 declining with 170 unchanged.

The Industrial Goods sector currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Spectrum Brands Holdings ( SPB), up 2.5%, Rockwell Collins ( COL), up 1.3% and Royal Philips ( PHG), up 1.1%.

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

3. Martin Marietta Materials ( MLM) is one of the companies pushing the Industrial Goods sector higher today. As of noon trading, Martin Marietta Materials is up $2.10 (1.3%) to $161.40 on light volume. Thus far, 221,412 shares of Martin Marietta Materials exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $158.12-$162.74 after having opened the day at $159.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $159.30.

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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 $10.4 billion and is part of the materials & construction industry. Shares are up 44.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Martin Marietta Materials a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 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 revenue growth, solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, impressive record of earnings per share growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Martin Marietta Materials Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, General Dynamics ( GD) is up $0.85 (0.6%) to $144.56 on light volume. Thus far, 484,462 shares of General Dynamics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $144.28-$145.92 after having opened the day at $144.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $143.71.

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General Dynamics Corporation operates as aerospace and defense company worldwide. It operates through four business groups: Aerospace; Combat Systems; Information Systems and Technology; and Marine Systems. General Dynamics has a market cap of $45.2 billion and is part of the aerospace/defense industry. Shares are up 4.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate General Dynamics a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates General Dynamics as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, reasonable valuation levels and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full General Dynamics Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Raytheon ( RTN) is up $1.61 (1.3%) to $125.56 on average volume. Thus far, 721,051 shares of Raytheon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $124.99-$126.65 after having opened the day at $125.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $123.95.

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Raytheon Company develops integrated products, services, and solutions in the areas of sensing; effects; command, control, communications, and intelligence; mission support; and cyber and information security worldwide. Raytheon has a market cap of $37.1 billion and is part of the aerospace/defense industry. Shares are up 14.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 14 analysts who rate Raytheon a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Raytheon 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, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Raytheon 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).