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Lowe's Leads Rally in Housing Stocks

Stocks that benefit from an improving housing market are rallying. Lowe's (NYSE:LOW) is a big winner after reporting strong sales gains last quarter. But the gains extend to companies that make or sell the "stuff" that goes into a home:Housing-Related Stocks SurgeTickerCompanyBusinessLastChange% Chg(NYSE:LOW)Lowe's Companies, Inc.Home improvement retailer50.712.605.40%(NYSE:VMC)Vulcan Materials CompanyConcrete & asphalt66.651.101.68%(NYSE:EXP)Eagle Materials Inc.Sheetrock, wallboard85.241.381.65%(NYSE:LL)Lumber Liquidators Holdings, Inc.Hardwood flooring109.621.601.48%(NYSE:MAS)Masco CorporationPlumbing fixtures, cabinets23.100.401.76%(NYSE:ETH)Ethan Allen Interiors Inc.Home furnishings25.270.351.40%(NASDAQ:UFPI)Universal Forest Products, Inc.Lumber, plywood, particle board54.970.761.40%(NYSE:MHK)Mohawk Industries, Inc.Flooring: carpets, tiles, laminates143.002.091.48%(NYSE:HD)Home Depot, Inc.Home improvement retailer81.900.921.14%(NASDAQ:GNRC)Generac Holdings Inc.Electric generators56...

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    Martin Marietta Materials (NYSE:MLM) agreed on Tuesday to buy Texas Industries (NYSE:TXI), a rival provider of construction materials, for $2.06 billion in stock.The...

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