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Vulcan Materials Company (VMC): Today's Featured Materials & Construction Laggard

Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model

Vulcan Materials Company (VMC) pushed the Materials & Construction industry lower today making it today's featured Materials & Construction laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Vulcan Materials Company fell $0.90 (-1.9%) to $46.52 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1,049,102 shares of Vulcan Materials Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 658,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $45.86-$47.36 after having opened the day at $47.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.42. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that declined today were: Guanwei Recycling (GPRC), down 6.6%, Heckmann (HEK), down 4.8%, Empresas ICA S.A.B. de C.V (ICA), down 4.4% and Industrial Services of America (IDSA), down 3.8%.

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Vulcan Materials Company engages in the production and sale of construction aggregates, as well as asphalt mix, ready-mixed concrete, and cement primarily in the United States. The company operates in four segments: Aggregates, Concrete, Asphalt Mix, and Cement. Vulcan Materials Company has a market cap of $6.2 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 8.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vulcan Materials Company as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall.

On the positive front, PGT (PGTI), down 10.1%, DR Horton (DHI), down 8.7%, Goldfield (GV), down 4.8% and M/I Homes (MHO), down 4.6% , were all gainers within the materials & construction industry with Cemex S.A.B. de C.V (CX) being today's featured materials & construction industry leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, 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).

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