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 0.5%. By the end of trading, Cemex S.A.B. de C.V rose 37 cents (3.1%) to $12.41 on average volume. Throughout the day, 20.5 million shares of Cemex S.A.B. de C.V exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 16.3 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $12.05-$12.47 after having opened the day at $12.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.04. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were: MagneGas Corporation ( MNGA), up 6.6%, Caesarstone Sdot-Yam ( CSTE), up 5.3%, Guanwei Recycling ( GPRC), up 5%, and Meritage Homes Corporation ( MTH), up 2.9%.
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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 $13.09 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 22% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are five analysts that rate Cemex S.A.B. de C.V a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and eight rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cemex S.A.B. de C.V as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income and poor profit margins.

On the negative front, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation ( GLDD), down 18%, Vertex Energy ( VTNR), down 13.8%, Gafisa ( GFA), down 8.2%, and Skyline Corporation ( SKY), down 5.3%, were all laggards within the materials & construction industry with Toll Brothers ( TOL) 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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