Cemex S.A.B. De C.V. (CX): Today's Featured Materials & Construction Laggard

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Cemex S.A.B. de C.V ( CX) pushed the Materials & Construction industry lower today making it today's featured Materials & Construction laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Cemex S.A.B. de C.V fell 14 cents (-1.8%) to $7.73 on light volume. Throughout the day, 4.2 million shares of Cemex S.A.B. de C.V exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11.9 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $7.70-$7.92 after having opened the day at $7.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.87. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that declined today were: Dycom Industries ( DY), down 19.1%, Tri-Tech ( TRIT), down 10.3%, Comstock ( CHCI), down 5.6%, and Real Goods Solar ( RSOL), down 5.1%.

CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V., through its subsidiaries, engages in the production, marketing, distribution, and sale of cement, ready-mix concrete, aggregates, and other construction materials worldwide. Cemex S.A.B. de C.V has a market cap of $8.62 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 46% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are five analysts that rate Cemex S.A.B. de C.V a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cemex S.A.B. de C.V as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been an overall disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Perma-Fix Environmental Services ( PESI), up 6.3%, China Advanced Construction Materials Group ( CADC), up 4.8%, Pure Cycle Corporation ( PCYO), up 4.5%, and Casella Waste Systems ( CWST), up 3.3%, were all gainers within the materials & construction industry with Waste Management ( WM) being today's featured materials & construction industry leader.

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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