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 0.6%. By the end of trading, Vulcan Materials Company fell $0.76 (-1.1%) to $65.72 on light volume. Throughout the day, 735,549 shares of Vulcan Materials Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,045,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $65.51-$66.59 after having opened the day at $66.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.48. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that declined today were: 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%.

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 $8.7 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 11.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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 buy. 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, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Gafisa ( GFA), up 6.3%, Vertex Energy ( VTNR), up 6.2%, Comstock ( CHCI), up 5.3% and Abengoa ( ABGB), up 5.1% , were all gainers within the materials & construction industry with Cemex S.A.B. de C.V ( CX) 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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