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Eagle Materials ( EXP) pushed the Materials & Construction industry higher today making it today's featured materials & construction winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.0%. By the end of trading, Eagle Materials rose $1.04 (1.2%) to $90.29 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1,328,496 shares of Eagle Materials exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 685,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $88.76-$94.25 after having opened the day at $89.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $89.25. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were: Desarrolladora Homex SAB de CV ADR ( HXM), up 11.9%, Empresas ICA S.A.B. de C.V ( ICA), up 5.9%, Cemex S.A.B. de C.V ( CX), up 5.0% and Avalon Holdings ( AWX), up 4.0%.

Eagle Materials Inc. manufactures and distributes building products used in residential, industrial, commercial, and infrastructure construction in the United States. The company operates in four segments: Cement, Gypsum Wallboard, Recycled Paperboard, and Concrete and Aggregates. Eagle Materials has a market cap of $4.5 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 15.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Eagle Materials a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Eagle Materials as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, 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, China Recycling Energy Corporation ( CREG), down 8.1%, India Globalization Capital ( IGC), down 5.6%, Installed Building Products ( IBP), down 5.4% and Nuverra Environmental Solutions ( NES), down 5.0% , were all laggards within the materials & construction industry with Sherwin-Williams Company ( SHW) 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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