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

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 down 1.6%. By the end of trading, Vulcan Materials Company rose 45 cents (1.1%) to $42.81 on light volume. Throughout the day, 498,692 shares of Vulcan Materials Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 718,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $42.06-$42.97 after having opened the day at $42.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.36. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were: India Globalization Capital ( IGC), up 6.5% and PGT ( PGTI), up 3%.

Vulcan Materials Company engages in the production and sale of construction aggregates, as well as asphalt mix, ready-mixed concrete, and cement 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 $5.43 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Currently there are two analysts that rate Vulcan Materials Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vulcan Materials Company as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow, poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Skyline Corporation ( SKY), down 8.7%, Pure Cycle Corporation ( PCYO), down 8.4%, Heckmann ( HEK), down 7.1%, and Armstrong World Industries ( AWI), down 5.3%, were all losers within the materials & construction industry with Chicago Bridge & Iron Company ( CBI) being today's materials & construction industry loser.

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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