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Cemex S.A.B. de C.V



) pushed the Materials & Construction industry higher today making it today's featured materials & construction winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.9%. By the end of trading, Cemex S.A.B. de C.V rose 16 cents (2.9%) to $5.71 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5.6 million shares of Cemex S.A.B. de C.V exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11.6 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $5.56-$5.76 after having opened the day at $5.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.55. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were:

TRC Companies



), up 9.6%,




), up 7.6%,

NCI Building Systems



), up 6.1%, and

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), up 5.4%.

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CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V., through its subsidiaries, engages in the production, marketing, distribution, and sale of cement, ready-mix concrete, aggregates, and other construction materials worldwide. Cemex S.A.B. de C.V has a market cap of $6.34 billion and is part of the

industrial goods

sector. Shares are up 8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are four analysts that rate Cemex S.A.B. de C.V a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and eight rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cemex S.A.B. de C.V as a


. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally weak debt management, disappointing return on equity and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front,

Integrated Electrical Services



), down 5.9%,

Avalon Holdings



), down 5.7%,

India Globalization Capital



), down 5.7%, and

Real Goods Solar



), down 4.2%, were all losers within the materials & construction industry with

Republic Services



) being today's materials & construction industry loser.

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



) while those bearish on the materials & construction industry could consider

ProShares Short Basic Materials Fd