Vulcan Materials Company (VMC): Today's Featured Industrial Goods Winner

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Vulcan Materials Company ( VMC) pushed the Industrial Goods sector higher today making it today's featured industrial goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Vulcan Materials Company rose $1.27 (2.4%) to $53.46 on average volume. Throughout the day, 492,457 shares of Vulcan Materials Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 620,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $51.81-$53.79 after having opened the day at $52.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.19. Other companies within the Industrial Goods sector that increased today were: Real Goods Solar ( RSOL), up 27.9%, Highpower International ( HPJ), up 26.7%, UQM Technologies ( UQM), up 20.7% and China BAK Battery ( CBAK), up 19.3%.
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Vulcan Materials Company engages in the production and sale of construction aggregates, as well as asphalt mix, ready-mixed concrete, and cement primarily in the United States. The company operates in four segments: Aggregates, Concrete, Asphalt Mix, and Cement. Vulcan Materials Company has a market cap of $6.7 billion and is part of the materials & construction industry. Shares are up 0.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Vulcan Materials Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vulcan Materials Company as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Gafisa ( GFA), down 6.2%, China Advanced Construction Materials Group ( CADC), down 5.0%, India Globalization Capital ( IGC), down 4.6% and Arotech Corporation ( ARTX), down 4.0% , were all laggards within the industrial goods sector with Plum Creek Timber ( PCL) being today's industrial goods sector laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the industrial goods sector could consider Industrial Select Sector SPDR ( XLI) while those bearish on the industrial goods sector could consider ProShares Short Dow 30 ( DOG).

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