All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 144 points (-0.8%) at 17,704 as of Monday, Dec. 7, 2015, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 506 issues advancing vs. 2,460 declining with 149 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits down 1.4% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Covanta ( CVA), down 6.5%, Eagle Materials ( EXP), down 4.7%, MDU Resources Group ( MDU), down 3.8%, Chicago Bridge & Iron ( CBI), down 3.8% and Sherwin-Williams ( SHW), down 1.3%.

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 $0.50 (2.2%) to $23.41 on light volume. Thus far, 701,195 shares of USG exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $22.88-$23.49 after having opened the day at $22.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.91.

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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 18.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate USG a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 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, Owens-Corning ( OC) is up $0.56 (1.2%) to $48.00 on light volume. Thus far, 483,034 shares of Owens-Corning exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $47.08-$48.03 after having opened the day at $47.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.44.

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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 $5.4 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 32.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Owens-Corning a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 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 solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, revenue growth 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, Fastenal ( FAST) is up $0.20 (0.5%) to $40.34 on light volume. Thus far, 890,314 shares of Fastenal exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $39.90-$40.41 after having opened the day at $40.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.14.

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Fastenal Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the wholesale distribution of industrial and construction supplies in the United States, Canada, and internationally. The company offers fasteners, and other industrial and construction supplies primarily under the Fastenal name. Fastenal has a market cap of $11.4 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 15.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Fastenal a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fastenal 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 notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and premium valuation. Get the full Fastenal 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).