In the following video, Fool contributor Matt Thalman discusses a few companies that will benefit from a strengthening housing market. These companies will gain new customers every time a new home is built. The utility companies will all benefit, but there are a few other winners, too -- and a few of them may not be what you would call the "cleanest" businesses. Check out the video to find out who they are.

Fool contributor Matt Thalman owns shares of Waste Management. Check back Monday through Friday as Matt explains what caused the Dow's winners and losers of the day, and every Saturday for a weekly recap. Follow Matt on Twitter: @mthalman5513

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