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 down 0.9%. By the end of trading, Vulcan Materials Company rose $1.71 (2.9%) to $61.31 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1,834,473 shares of Vulcan Materials Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 756,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $60.12-$62.40 after having opened the day at $60.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.60. Other companies within the Industrial Goods sector that increased today were: Bonso Electronics International ( BNSO), up 50.3%, UQM Technologies ( UQM), up 8.3%, Caesarstone Sdot-Yam ( CSTE), up 5.2% and Frontline ( FRO), up 4.3%.

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 $7.8 billion and is part of the materials & construction industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 545.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Vulcan Materials Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall.

On the negative front, Desarrolladora Homex SAB de CV ADR ( HXM), down 10.4%, MagneGas Corporation ( MNGA), down 9.8%, Real Goods Solar ( RSOL), down 8.6% and Hydrogenics Corporation ( HYGS), down 7.8% , were all laggards within the industrial goods sector with Danaher Corporation ( DHR) 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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