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

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Vulcan Materials Company ( VMC) pushed the Materials & Construction industry lower today making it today's featured Materials & Construction laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, Vulcan Materials Company fell $0.90 (-1.4%) to $64.76 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2,058,833 shares of Vulcan Materials Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 843,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $63.84-$66.35 after having opened the day at $66.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $65.66. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that declined today were: India Globalization Capital ( IGC), down 5.7%, Sterling Construction Company ( STRL), down 3.9%, Matrix Service Company ( MTRX), down 3.6% and MagneGas Corporation ( MNGA), down 3.6%.

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 industrial goods sector. Shares are up 10.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Vulcan Materials Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 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 positive front, Desarrolladora Homex SAB de CV ADR ( HXM), up 12.5%, Comstock ( CHCI), up 10.7%, Nuverra Environmental Solutions ( NES), up 4.8% and Republic Services ( RSG), up 4.8% , were all gainers within the materials & construction industry with Weyerhaeuser ( WY) being today's featured materials & construction industry leader.

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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