Eagle Materials Inc. (EXP): Today's Featured Materials & Construction Winner

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Eagle Materials ( EXP) 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, Eagle Materials rose $1.20 (1.7%) to $73.19 on average volume. Throughout the day, 819,535 shares of Eagle Materials exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 645,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $71.43-$73.30 after having opened the day at $71.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.99. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were: Real Goods Solar ( RSOL), up 14.8%, US Concrete ( USCR), up 5.0%, Goldfield ( GV), up 4.8% and China Advanced Construction Materials Group ( CADC), up 4.3%.

Eagle Materials Inc. manufactures and distributes building products used in residential, industrial, commercial, and infrastructure construction in the United States. The company operates in four segments: Cement, Gypsum Wallboard, Recycled Paperboard, and Concrete and Aggregates. Eagle Materials has a market cap of $3.6 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 22.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Eagle Materials a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Eagle Materials as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value.

On the negative front, MagneGas Corporation ( MNGA), down 12.1%, India Globalization Capital ( IGC), down 8.3%, China Recycling Energy Corporation ( CREG), down 5.1% and Empresas ICA S.A.B. de C.V ( ICA), down 3.9% , were all laggards within the materials & construction industry with Lennar Corporation ( LEN) 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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