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

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Cemex S.A.B. de C.V ( CX) pushed the Materials & Construction industry higher today making it today's featured materials & construction winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Cemex S.A.B. de C.V rose 13 cents (1.7%) to $7.65 on light volume. Throughout the day, 7.6 million shares of Cemex S.A.B. de C.V exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11.7 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $7.48-$7.69 after having opened the day at $7.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.52. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were: Headwaters ( HW), up 5.5%, Guanwei Recycling ( GPRC), up 5.4%, Heckmann ( HEK), up 4.3%, and MagneGas Corporation ( MNGA), up 3.3%.

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 $8.13 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 38.6% 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 negative front, China Advanced Construction Materials Group ( CADC), down 12.8%, M/I Homes ( MHO), down 9.8%, Pike Electric Corporation ( PIKE), down 4.8%, and Energy Solutions ( ES), down 4.3%, were all laggards within the materials & construction industry with Fastenal Company ( FAST) being today's materials & construction industry laggard.

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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