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

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Cemex S.A.B. de C.V ( CX) pushed the Materials & Construction industry higher today making it today's featured materials & construction winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Cemex S.A.B. de C.V rose $0.35 (2.8%) to $13.04 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 24,293,119 shares of Cemex S.A.B. de C.V exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 15,530,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $12.65-$13.05 after having opened the day at $12.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.69. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were: Gafisa ( GFA), up 6.3%, Vertex Energy ( VTNR), up 6.2%, Comstock ( CHCI), up 5.3% and Abengoa ( ABGB), up 5.1%.

CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V., through its subsidiaries, produces, markets, distributes, and sells cement, ready-mix concrete, aggregates, and other construction materials in Mexico, the United States, Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, South America, Central America, the Caribbean, and Asia. Cemex S.A.B. de C.V has a market cap of $13.8 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 7.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Cemex S.A.B. de C.V a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates 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 growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall.

On the negative front, China Ceramics ( CCCL), down 3.0%, Patrick Industries ( PATK), down 2.4%, India Globalization Capital ( IGC), down 2.3% and Installed Building Products ( IBP), down 2.0% , were all laggards within the materials & construction industry with Vulcan Materials Company ( VMC) 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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