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 up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Cemex S.A.B. de C.V fell $0.22 (-1.7%) to $12.61 on light volume. Throughout the day, 7,269,225 shares of Cemex S.A.B. de C.V exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14,929,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $12.57-$12.75 after having opened the day at $12.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.83. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that declined today were: Skyline Corporation ( SKY), down 5.5%, Ryland Group ( RYL), down 3.2%, Guanwei Recycling ( GPRC), down 3.0% and PGT ( PGTI), down 2.5%.

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 $14.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 8.4% 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 revenue growth, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall.

On the positive front, 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% , were all gainers within the materials & construction industry with Martin Marietta Materials ( MLM) 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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