The

materials & construction

industry closed the day up 0.1%.

Standard Pacific

(

SPF

),

Patrick Industries Inc

(

PATK

),

US Concrete Inc

(

USCR

), and

MYR Group Inc

(

MYRG

) were all decliners today within the materials & construction industry with

Vulcan Materials Company

(

VMC

) being today's featured materials & construction loser. Vulcan Materials Company fell $1.42 (-4.1%) to $33.21 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.6 million shares of Vulcan Materials Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares.

Vulcan Materials Company engages in the production and sale of construction aggregates for the infrastructure industry 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 $4 billion and is part of the

industrial goods

sector. Shares are down 21.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vulcan as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

On the positive front,

Nobility Homes Inc

(

NOBH

),

India Globalization Capital Inc

(

IGC

),

Empresas ICA S.A.B. de C.V

(

ICA

), and

TRC Companies Inc

(

TRR

) were all gainers within the materials & construction industry with

Sherwin-Williams Company

(

SHW

) being today's featured materials & construction industry winner.

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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