All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 59 points (0.3%) at 17,066 as of Monday, March 7, 2016, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,929 issues advancing vs. 976 declining with 157 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits up 1.8% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include Covanta ( CVA), up 5.1%, Stantec ( STN), up 4.0%, Eagle Materials ( EXP), up 2.7% and Chicago Bridge & Iron ( CBI), up 2.1%.

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

3. Martin Marietta Materials ( MLM) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry higher today. As of noon trading, Martin Marietta Materials is up $5.93 (4.0%) to $153.78 on average volume. Thus far, 381,878 shares of Martin Marietta Materials exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 944,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $148.25-$153.89 after having opened the day at $148.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $147.85.

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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 $9.5 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 8.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. 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, Lennar ( LEN) is up $0.41 (0.9%) to $45.79 on light volume. Thus far, 622,477 shares of Lennar exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.00-$46.01 after having opened the day at $45.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.38.

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Lennar Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the homebuilding activities in the United States. The company operates through Homebuilding East, Homebuilding Central, Homebuilding West, Homebuilding Southeast Florida, Homebuilding Houston, and Homebuilding Other segments. Lennar has a market cap of $9.6 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 7.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Lennar a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lennar 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, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Lennar Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Fastenal ( FAST) is up $0.32 (0.7%) to $46.54 on light volume. Thus far, 811,431 shares of Fastenal exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.83-$46.82 after having opened the day at $45.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.22.

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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. It offers fasteners, and other industrial and construction supplies primarily under the Fastenal name. Fastenal has a market cap of $13.6 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 13.2% 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 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fastenal as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. 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).