All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 198 points (-1.2%) at 16,708 as of Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 571 issues advancing vs. 2,414 declining with 123 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits down 1.9% versus the S&P 500, which is down 1.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Cemex SAB de CV ( CX), down 3.8%, Plum Creek Timber ( PCL), down 2.7%, Fastenal ( FAST), down 1.4% and Waste Management ( WM), down 0.5%.

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

3. Waste Connections ( WCN) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry higher today. As of noon trading, Waste Connections is up $1.46 (2.7%) to $56.35 on heavy volume. Thus far, 540,302 shares of Waste Connections exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 595,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $53.93-$56.48 after having opened the day at $53.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.89.

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Waste Connections, Inc., an integrated municipal solid waste (MSW) services company, provides solid waste collection, transfer, disposal, and recycling services primarily in the United States. Waste Connections has a market cap of $6.7 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 2.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Waste Connections a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Waste Connections as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Waste Connections Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Republic Services ( RSG) is up $0.34 (0.8%) to $44.33 on average volume. Thus far, 995,262 shares of Republic Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $43.31-$44.43 after having opened the day at $43.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.99.

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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 $15.2 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are unchanged year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 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, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. 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, Martin Marietta Materials ( MLM) is up $2.87 (2.2%) to $132.70 on average volume. Thus far, 506,091 shares of Martin Marietta Materials exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 913,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $126.37-$133.22 after having opened the day at $127.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $129.83.

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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 $8.8 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 4.9% 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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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).