One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 29 points (-0.2%) at 18,013 as of Thursday, April 28, 2016, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,531 issues advancing vs. 1,350 declining with 190 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits down 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include Covanta ( CVA), up 5.4%, and Waste Management ( WM), up 4.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Lennar ( LEN.B), down 2.8%, and Sherwin-Williams ( SHW), down 0.6%.

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 $1.51 (2.3%) to $66.66 on heavy volume. Thus far, 859,568 shares of Waste Connections exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $64.32-$66.69 after having opened the day at $64.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $65.15.

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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 $7.9 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 15.7% 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 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Waste Connections as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Waste Connections Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Republic Services ( RSG) is up $0.70 (1.5%) to $47.20 on average volume. Thus far, 776,342 shares of Republic Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.23-$47.21 after having opened the day at $46.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.49.

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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 and Puerto Rico. Republic Services has a market cap of $15.9 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 5.7% 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 5 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and reasonable valuation levels. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Republic Services Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Cemex SAB de CV ( CX) is up $0.14 (1.9%) to $7.66 on average volume. Thus far, 4.8 million shares of Cemex SAB de CV exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $7.47-$7.71 after having opened the day at $7.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.52.

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CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V., a building materials company, produces, markets, distributes, and sells cement, ready-mix concrete, aggregates, and other construction materials in Mexico, the United States, Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, South America, the Caribbean, and Asia. Cemex SAB de CV has a market cap of $10.0 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 35.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Cemex SAB de CV a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cemex SAB de CV as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins. Get the full Cemex SAB de CV 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).