All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 24 points (0.1%) at 17,741 as of Thursday, March 31, 2016, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,790 issues advancing vs. 1,130 declining with 157 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include Martin Marietta Materials ( MLM), up 2.7%, Weyerhaeuser ( WY), up 0.7% and Lennar ( LEN.B), up 0.6%.

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 $0.35 (1.4%) to $24.81 on light volume. Thus far, 799,786 shares of USG exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.40-$24.85 after having opened the day at $24.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.46.

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USG Corporation manufactures and distributes building materials worldwide. Its Gypsum segment provides gypsum and related products to construct walls, ceilings, roofs, and floors of residential, commercial, and institutional buildings, as well as for various industrial applications. USG has a market cap of $3.6 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 0.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate USG a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 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, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year. Get the full USG Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Toll Brothers ( TOL) is up $0.34 (1.2%) to $29.38 on light volume. Thus far, 696,525 shares of Toll Brothers exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $28.86-$29.46 after having opened the day at $29.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.04.

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Toll Brothers, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, builds, markets, and arranges finance for detached and attached homes in luxury residential communities. The company operates through two segments, Traditional Home Building and City Living. Toll Brothers has a market cap of $5.0 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 12.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Toll Brothers a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Toll Brothers as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Toll Brothers Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, PulteGroup ( PHM) is up $0.16 (0.9%) to $18.57 on light volume. Thus far, 795,285 shares of PulteGroup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $18.32-$18.62 after having opened the day at $18.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.41.

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PulteGroup, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages primarily in the homebuilding business in the United States. The company is involved in the acquisition and development of land primarily for residential purposes; and the construction of housing on land. PulteGroup has a market cap of $6.5 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 3.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate PulteGroup a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PulteGroup as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins. Get the full PulteGroup 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).