Martin Marietta Materials (MLM): Today's Featured Materials & Construction Laggard

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Martin Marietta Materials ( MLM) pushed the Materials & Construction industry lower today making it today's featured Materials & Construction laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.5%. By the end of trading, Martin Marietta Materials fell $1.02 (-1.0%) to $99.60 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 563,463 shares of Martin Marietta Materials exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 362,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $99.28-$101.73 after having opened the day at $100.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $100.62. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that declined today were: Headwaters ( HW), down 5.6%, Aegion ( AEGN), down 5.2%, Gafisa ( GFA), down 4.7% and Xinyuan Real Estate ( XIN), down 4.0%.

Martin Marietta Materials, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the production and sale of aggregates for the construction industry primarily in the United States, Canada, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean Islands. Martin Marietta Materials has a market cap of $4.7 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 6.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Martin Marietta Materials a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Martin Marietta Materials as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, Homex Development ( HXM), up 29.1%, Integrated Electrical Services ( IESC), up 26.7%, China Recycling Energy Corporation ( CREG), up 17.6% and Vertex Energy ( VTNR), up 7.2% , were all gainers within the materials & construction industry with Lennar Corporation ( LEN) 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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