All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 4 points (0.0%) at 18,344 as of Wednesday, July 13, 2016, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,211 issues advancing vs. 1,725 declining with 124 unchanged.

The Materials & Construction industry currently sits down 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. A company within the industry that increased today was Stantec ( STN), up 1.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Tile Shop Holdings ( TTS), down 3.2%, and NVR ( NVR), down 0.8%.

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

3. Eagle Materials ( EXP) is one of the companies pushing the Materials & Construction industry higher today. As of noon trading, Eagle Materials is up $0.76 (0.9%) to $81.41 on average volume. Thus far, 375,813 shares of Eagle Materials exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 570,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $80.74-$81.92 after having opened the day at $81.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $80.65.

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Eagle Materials Inc. produces and sells construction products and building materials for use in residential, industrial, commercial, and infrastructure construction in the United States. It also produces materials used for oil and natural gas extraction. Eagle Materials has a market cap of $3.8 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 33.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Eagle Materials a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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

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2. As of noon trading, USG ( USG) is up $0.21 (0.7%) to $28.93 on light volume. Thus far, 588,477 shares of USG exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $28.70-$29.27 after having opened the day at $28.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.72.

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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 $4.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 18.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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, revenue growth and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. Get the full USG Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Masco ( MAS) is up $0.26 (0.8%) to $33.66 on average volume. Thus far, 2.5 million shares of Masco exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.39-$33.71 after having opened the day at $33.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.40.

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Masco Corporation designs, manufactures, markets, and distributes home improvement and building products in North America and internationally. Masco has a market cap of $10.7 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 18.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Masco a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Masco as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's earnings per share has not been good. Get the full Masco 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).