Cemex S.A.B. De C.V. (CX): Today's Featured Materials & Construction Laggard

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Cemex S.A.B. de C.V ( CX) pushed the Materials & Construction industry lower today making it today's featured Materials & Construction laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 2.9%. By the end of trading, Cemex S.A.B. de C.V fell $0.44 (-3.6%) to $11.93 on average volume. Throughout the day, 17,718,639 shares of Cemex S.A.B. de C.V exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14,564,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $11.78-$12.47 after having opened the day at $12.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.37. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that declined today were: Trex Company ( TREX), down 9.9%, Real Goods Solar ( RSOL), down 9.1%, Harsco Corporation ( HSC), down 7.8% and Cavco Industries ( CVCO), down 6.8%.

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 $13.6 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 4.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Cemex S.A.B. de C.V a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 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 increase in stock price during the past year, 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 positive front, China Recycling Energy Corporation ( CREG), up 7.2%, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation ( GLDD), up 4.5% and Skyline Corporation ( SKY), up 3.1%.

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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