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

Vulcan Materials Company ( VMC) pushed the Materials & Construction industry lower today making it today's featured Materials & Construction loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Vulcan Materials Company fell 44 cents (-1.3%) to $34.47 on light volume. Throughout the day, 257,717 shares of Vulcan Materials Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 671,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $34.17-$34.96 after having opened the day at $34.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.91. Other company's within the Materials & Construction industry that declined today were: India Globalization Capital ( IGC), down 10%, Comstock Homebuilding Companies ( CHCI), down 5.5%, Avalon Holdings ( AWX), down 5.3%, and Argan ( AGX), down 4.1%.

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 $4.49 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 11.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are four analysts that rate Vulcan Materials Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and nine rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vulcan Materials Company as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its weak operating cash flow, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, Sharps Compliance Corporation ( SMED), up 5.9%, Pure Cycle Corporation ( PCYO), up 5.5%, Heckmann ( HEK), up 4.9%, and Energy Solutions ( ES), up 3.7%, were all gainers within the materials & construction industry with Chicago Bridge & Iron Company ( CBI) 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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