3 Materials & Construction Stocks Driving The Industry Higher

All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 51 points (-0.3%) at 16,416 as of Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,097 issues advancing vs. 1,872 declining with 189 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits down 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. A company within the industry that increased today was Weyerhaeuser ( WY), up 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Cemex SAB de CV ( CX), down 5.7%, and Owens-Corning ( OC), down 1.2%.

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

3. Continental Building Products ( CBPX) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry higher today. As of noon trading, Continental Building Products is up $1.01 (6.8%) to $15.95 on average volume. Thus far, 229,376 shares of Continental Building Products exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 398,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $15.08-$16.52 after having opened the day at $15.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.94.

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Continental Building Products, Inc. manufactures and sells gypsum wallboard and complementary finishing products in the eastern United States and eastern Canada. Continental Building Products has a market cap of $591.2 million and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 14.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Continental Building Products a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Continental Building Products as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, 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, unimpressive growth in net income and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Continental Building Products Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, MDU Resources Group ( MDU) is up $0.22 (1.3%) to $17.10 on light volume. Thus far, 434,111 shares of MDU Resources Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.72-$17.21 after having opened the day at $16.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.88.

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MDU Resources Group, Inc. operates as a diversified natural resource company in the United States. The company's Electric segment generates, transmits, and distributes electricity in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming. MDU Resources Group has a market cap of $3.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 7.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate MDU Resources Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MDU Resources Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, poor profit margins and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full MDU Resources Group Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Plum Creek Timber ( PCL) is up $0.40 (1.0%) to $40.91 on light volume. Thus far, 374,347 shares of Plum Creek Timber exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $39.89-$40.91 after having opened the day at $40.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.51.

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Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust (REIT). The trust owns and manages timberlands in the United States. Its products include lumber products, plywood, medium density fiberboard, and related by-products, such as wood chips. Plum Creek Timber has a market cap of $6.8 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 15.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Plum Creek Timber a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Plum Creek Timber as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, compelling growth in net income, 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 Plum Creek Timber 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).

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