Vulcan Materials Company

(

VMC

) pushed the Materials & Construction industry higher today making it today's featured materials & construction winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 6.2%. By the end of trading, Vulcan Materials Company rose $1.95 (6.4%) to $32.44 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2.7 million shares of Vulcan Materials Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $30.14-$32.49 after having opened the day at $30.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.49. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were:

Argan Inc

(

AGX

), up 18.4%,

WCA Waste Corporation

(

WCAA

), up 17.5%,

Sterling Construction Company Inc

(

STRL

), up 15.9%, and

M/I Homes Inc

(

MHO

), up 14.4%.

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 $3.8 billion and is part of the

industrial goods

sector. Shares are down 31.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

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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