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Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Vulcan Materials



) as a strong and under the radar candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Vulcan Materials as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • VMC has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $93.1 million.
  • VMC has traded 552.0900000000000318323145620524883270263671875 options contracts today.
  • VMC is making at least a new 3-day high.
  • VMC has a PE ratio of 61.
  • VMC is mentioned 1.10 times per day on StockTwits.
  • VMC has not yet been mentioned on StockTwits today.
  • VMC is currently in the upper 20% of its 1-year range.
  • VMC is in the upper 35% of its 20-day range.
  • VMC is in the upper 45% of its 5-day range.
  • VMC is currently trading above yesterday's high.
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More details on VMC:

Vulcan Materials Company produces and sells construction aggregates, asphalt mix, and ready-mixed concrete primarily in the United States. It operates through four segments: Aggregates, Asphalt Mix, Concrete, and Calcium. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 0.8%. VMC has a PE ratio of 61. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Vulcan Materials a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Vulcan Materials has been 1.3 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Vulcan has a market cap of $14.0 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and materials & construction industry. The stock has a beta of 0.87 and a short float of 2.9% with 3.65 days to cover. Shares are up 10.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Vulcan Materials as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, revenue growth, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • VULCAN MATERIALS CO reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, VULCAN MATERIALS CO increased its bottom line by earning $1.71 versus $1.56 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($3.27 versus $1.71).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Construction Materials industry. The net income increased by 133.8% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $38.02 million to $88.89 million.
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 22.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 13.5%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • 37.79% is the gross profit margin for VULCAN MATERIALS CO which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 10.36% is above that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 100.74% to $222.04 million when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of 69.28%.

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