Vulcan Materials Company (VMC): Today's Featured Materials & Construction Winner

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Vulcan Materials Company ( VMC) pushed the Materials & Construction industry higher today making it today's featured materials & construction winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Vulcan Materials Company rose $0.64 (1.1%) to $57.43 on average volume. Throughout the day, 803,878 shares of Vulcan Materials Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 651,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $56.60-$57.87 after having opened the day at $56.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.79. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were: Vertex Energy ( VTNR), up 7.6%, Guanwei Recycling ( GPRC), up 5.7%, Gafisa ( GFA), up 5.4% and Tri-Tech ( TRIT), up 3.5%.

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 $7.3 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 512.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Vulcan Materials Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall.

On the negative front, Real Goods Solar ( RSOL), down 5.5%, China Ceramics ( CCCL), down 5.0%, Desarrolladora Homex SAB de CV ADR ( HXM), down 4.4% and Industrial Services of America ( IDSA), down 4.2% , were all laggards within the materials & construction industry with Fastenal Company ( FAST) 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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