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Martin Marietta Materials

(

MLM

) pushed the Industrial Goods sector lower today making it today's featured Industrial Goods laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.8%. By the end of trading, Martin Marietta Materials fell $6.75 (-5.5%) to $116.89 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1,798,989 shares of Martin Marietta Materials exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 820,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $115.49-$123.64 after having opened the day at $123.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $123.64. Other companies within the Industrial Goods sector that declined today were:

ZBB Energy

(

ZBB

), down 11.8%,

Astrotech

(

ASTC

), down 11.1%,

JinkoSolar

(

JKS

), down 9.3% and

Adept Technology

(

ADEP

), down 9.3%.

Martin Marietta Materials, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, produces and sells aggregates for the construction industry. The company operates in four segments: Mid-America Group, Southeast Group, West Group, and Specialty Products. Martin Marietta Materials has a market cap of $5.9 billion and is part of the materials & construction industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 48.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 23.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Martin Marietta Materials a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Martin Marietta Materials

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front,

Global-Tech Advanced Innovations

TheStreet Recommends

(

GAI

), up 8.1%,

Roper Industries

(

ROP

), up 6.5%,

Smith & Wesson

(

SWHC

), up 6.2% and

Empresas ICA SAB de CV

(

ICA

), up 5.8% , were all gainers within the industrial goods sector with

ABB

(

ABB

) being today's featured industrial goods sector leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the industrial goods sector could consider

Industrial Select Sector SPDR

(

XLI

) while those bearish on the industrial goods sector could consider

ProShares Short Dow 30

(

DOG

).

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