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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 0.7%. By the end of trading, Cemex S.A.B. de C.V rose $0.34 (3.0%) to $11.85 on light volume. Throughout the day, 10,014,175 shares of Cemex S.A.B. de C.V exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13,882,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $11.61-$11.90 after having opened the day at $11.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.51. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were: Homex Development ( HXM), up 22.5%, PGT ( PGTI), up 6.8%, MDU Resources Group ( MDU), up 6.7% and Skyline Corporation ( SKY), up 5.7%.

CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V., through its subsidiaries, engages in the production and sale of cement, ready-mix concrete, aggregates, and other construction materials in Mexico, the United States, Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, South America, the Caribbean, and Asia. Cemex S.A.B. de C.V has a market cap of $12.4 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 16.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Cemex S.A.B. de C.V a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 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 solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the negative front, China Recycling Energy Corporation ( CREG), down 13.7%, Orion Marine Group ( ORN), down 12.4%, Perma-Fix Environmental Services ( PESI), down 8.0% and Taylor Morrison Home ( TMHC), down 7.8%.

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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