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Cemex S.A.B. De C.V. (CX): Today's Featured Materials & Construction Laggard

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Cemex S.A.B. de C.V ( CX) pushed the Materials & Construction industry lower today making it today's featured Materials & Construction laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 2.2%. By the end of trading, Cemex S.A.B. de C.V fell $0.28 (-2.3%) to $12.08 on light volume. Throughout the day, 9,124,474 shares of Cemex S.A.B. de C.V exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 17,684,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $12.04-$12.36 after having opened the day at $12.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.36. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that declined today were: Comstock ( CHCI), down 8.7%, Empresas ICA S.A.B. de C.V ( ICA), down 7.5%, Perma-Fix Environmental Services ( PESI), down 5.1% and James Hardie Industries ( JHX), down 2.9%.

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CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V., through its subsidiaries, engages in the production and sale of 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 S.A.B. de C.V has a market cap of $13.5 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 25.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Cemex S.A.B. de C.V a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cemex S.A.B. de C.V as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, American Mold Guard Incorporated ( AMGI), down 200.0%, Real Goods Solar ( RSOL), down 50.9%, Foster Wheeler ( FWLT), down 8.9% and India Globalization Capital ( IGC), down 7.9% , were all gainers within the materials & construction industry with Martin Marietta Materials ( MLM) 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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