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 0.7%. By the end of trading, Cemex S.A.B. de C.V fell 21 cents (-2.3%) to $9.02 on average volume. Throughout the day, 12.4 million shares of Cemex S.A.B. de C.V exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.2 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $8.96-$9.21 after having opened the day at $9.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.23. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that declined today were: Standard Pacific ( SPF), down 11%, M/I Homes ( MHO), down 6.4%, Beazer Homes USA ( BZH), down 5.6%, and Patrick Industries ( PATK), down 4.9%.
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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 $10.03 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 70.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been poor profit margins.

On the positive front, Avalon Holdings ( AWX), up 4.6%, Real Goods Solar ( RSOL), up 3.6%, LSB Industries ( LXU), up 3.6%, and Granite Construction ( GVA), up 3.2%, were all gainers within the materials & construction industry with Louisiana-Pacific ( LPX) 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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