All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 43 points (-0.2%) at 17,678 as of Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,064 issues advancing vs. 1,854 declining with 167 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. A company within the industry that increased today was Lennar ( LEN), up 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Abengoa ( ABGB), down 13.6%, and Stantec ( STN), down 0.9%.

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

3. EMCOR Group ( EME) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry higher today. As of noon trading, EMCOR Group is up $0.26 (0.5%) to $48.86 on light volume. Thus far, 52,129 shares of EMCOR Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 328,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.33-$48.87 after having opened the day at $48.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.60.

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EMCOR Group, Inc. provides electrical and mechanical construction and facilities services to commercial, industrial, utility, and institutional customers in the United States. EMCOR Group has a market cap of $3.0 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 9.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate EMCOR Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates EMCOR Group 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, solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations and reasonable valuation levels. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full EMCOR Group Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, USG ( USG) is up $0.19 (0.8%) to $24.38 on light volume. Thus far, 241,846 shares of USG exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.10-$24.42 after having opened the day at $24.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.19.

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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 $3.5 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 13.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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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1. As of noon trading, Owens-Corning ( OC) is up $0.34 (0.7%) to $47.61 on light volume. Thus far, 145,791 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 $47.19-$47.75 after having opened the day at $47.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.27.

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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 $5.5 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 32.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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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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).