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 down 0.8%. By the end of trading, Cemex S.A.B. de C.V fell $0.17 (-1.3%) to $12.65 on average volume. Throughout the day, 13,593,579 shares of Cemex S.A.B. de C.V exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 15,183,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $12.60-$12.96 after having opened the day at $12.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.82. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that declined today were: Perma-Fix Environmental Services ( PESI), down 12.8%, China Ceramics ( CCCL), down 9.3%, India Globalization Capital ( IGC), down 8.6% and Gafisa ( GFA), down 5.7%.

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 $14.0 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 8.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, Vertex Energy ( VTNR), up 3.1%, Primoris Services Corporation ( PRIM), up 2.1%, Tile Shop Holdings ( TTS), up 2.1% and Headwaters ( HW), up 2.0% , were all gainers within the materials & construction industry with Louisiana-Pacific ( LPX) 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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