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 up 0.8%. By the end of trading, Cemex S.A.B. de C.V rose 22 cents (2.5%) to $8.86 on light volume. Throughout the day, 6.3 million shares of Cemex S.A.B. de C.V exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.5 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $8.75-$8.94 after having opened the day at $8.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $8.64. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were: Sharps Compliance Corporation ( SMED), up 13.9%, Real Goods Solar ( RSOL), up 12.1%, India Globalization Capital ( IGC), up 11.8%, and Patrick Industries ( PATK), up 9.1%.
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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 $9.54 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 60.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are four analysts that rate Cemex S.A.B. de C.V a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cemex S.A.B. de C.V as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk and disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, Ryland Group ( RYL), down 4.4%, Skyline Corporation ( SKY), down 4%, Lennar Corporation ( LEN.B), down 3.3%, and US Concrete ( USCR), down 3.2%, were all laggards within the materials & construction industry with DR Horton ( DHI) 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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