Cemex SAB De CV (CX): Today's Featured Materials & Construction Laggard

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Cemex SAB de CV ( 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 SAB de CV fell $0.22 (-1.8%) to $12.17 on light volume. Throughout the day, 7,341,640 shares of Cemex SAB de CV exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14,694,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $12.07-$12.44 after having opened the day at $12.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.39. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that declined today were: Desarrolladora Homex SAB de CV ADR ( HXM), down 8.2%, China Recycling Energy ( CREG), down 6.1%, Texas Industries ( TXI), down 5.5% and Martin Marietta Materials ( MLM), down 5.5%.

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 SAB de CV has a market cap of $14.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 4.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Cemex SAB de CV a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cemex SAB de CV as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. 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, Empresas ICA SAB de CV ( ICA), up 5.8%, TRC Companies ( TRR), up 3.7%, Louisiana-Pacific ( LPX), up 3.0% and MagneGas ( MNGA), up 2.6% , were all gainers within the materials & construction industry with Republic Services ( RSG) 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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