Martin Marietta Materials (MLM): Today's Featured Materials & Construction Winner

Martin Marietta Materials ( MLM) pushed the Materials & Construction industry higher today making it today's featured materials & construction winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, Martin Marietta Materials rose 71 cents (0.9%) to $79.74 on light volume. Throughout the day, 323,116 shares of Martin Marietta Materials exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 582,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $78.39-$79.91 after having opened the day at $78.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $79.03. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were: Nobility Homes ( NOBH), up 7.1%, Nortek ( NTK), up 4.8%, Goldfield ( GV), up 3.3%, and US Concrete ( USCR), up 3.2%.

Martin Marietta Materials, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the production and sale of aggregates for the construction industry primarily in the United States, Canada, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean Islands. Martin Marietta Materials has a market cap of $3.61 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 63.2, above the average materials & construction industry P/E ratio of 58.1 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are three analysts that rate Martin Marietta Materials a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Martin Marietta Materials as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the negative front, Gafisa ( GFA), down 6.7%, Comfort Systems USA ( FIX), down 5.6%, Foster Wheeler ( FWLT), down 4.9%, and TRC Companies ( TRR), down 4.8%, were all losers within the materials & construction industry with Fluor Corporation ( FLR) 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).