Vulcan Materials Company (VMC): Today's Featured Industrial Goods Laggard

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Vulcan Materials Company ( VMC) pushed the Industrial Goods sector lower today making it today's featured Industrial Goods laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Vulcan Materials Company fell $0.90 (-1.3%) to $66.11 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,194,974 shares of Vulcan Materials Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,010,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $66.08-$67.44 after having opened the day at $67.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $67.01. Other companies within the Industrial Goods sector that declined today were: Clean Diesel Technologies ( CDTI), down 9.2%, ExOne ( XONE), down 8.1%, AAR Corporation ( AIR), down 8.0% and Hydrogenics Corporation ( HYGS), down 7.1%.

Vulcan Materials Company produces and sells construction aggregates, asphalt mix, ready-mixed concrete, and cement primarily in the United States. The company's Aggregates segment offers crushed stone, sand and gravel, sand, and other aggregates, as well as related products and services. Vulcan Materials Company has a market cap of $8.8 billion and is part of the materials & construction industry. Shares are up 13.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Vulcan Materials Company a buy, 2 analysts rate 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 impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, MagneGas Corporation ( MNGA), up 60.0%, Vertex Energy ( VTNR), up 19.1%, ARC Group Worldwide ( ARCW), up 7.8% and L.S. Starrett Company ( SCX), up 7.3% , were all gainers within the industrial goods sector with Deere ( DE) being today's featured industrial goods sector leader.

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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