Martin Marietta Materials (MLM): Today's Featured Materials & Construction Winner

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Martin Marietta Materials ( MLM) pushed the Materials & Construction industry higher today making it today's featured materials & construction winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Martin Marietta Materials rose $1.25 (1.1%) to $113.79 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1,235,040 shares of Martin Marietta Materials exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 683,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $112.10-$116.07 after having opened the day at $112.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $112.54. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were: Casella Waste Systems ( CWST), up 8.4%, Quanex Building Products ( NX), up 7.4%, Sharps Compliance Corporation ( SMED), up 7.0% and Desarrolladora Homex SAB de CV ADR ( HXM), up 6.0%.

Martin Marietta Materials, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the production and sale of aggregates for the construction industry primarily in the United States, Canada, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean Islands. Martin Marietta Materials has a market cap of $5.2 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 12.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Martin Marietta Materials a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Martin Marietta Materials as a buy. 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, increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Skyline Corporation ( SKY), down 5.5%, Ryland Group ( RYL), down 3.2%, Guanwei Recycling ( GPRC), down 3.0% and PGT ( PGTI), down 2.5% , were all laggards within the materials & construction industry with Cemex S.A.B. de C.V ( CX) 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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