Vulcan Materials Company (VMC): Today's Featured Materials & Construction Loser

The materials & construction industry closed the day up 3.7%. India Globalization Capital Inc ( IGC), Sterling Construction Company Inc ( STRL), Texas Industries Inc ( TXI), and LSB Industries Inc ( LXU) 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 66 cents (-2.1%) to $30.20 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.5 million shares of Vulcan Materials Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 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 $3.9 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 30.4% 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, weak operating cash flow, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

On the positive front, American Mold Guard Incorporated ( AMGI), Perma-Fix Environmental Services Inc ( PESI), M/I Homes Inc ( MHO), and Avalon Holdings ( AWX) were all gainers within the materials & construction industry with Owens Corning Incorporated ( OC) 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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