VMC stock: buy or sell?

VMC stock price: $146.97 1.30% At close on February 14th, 2020

Updated on:
February 14th, 2020

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Vulcan Materials ended on February 14th at $146.97 and inched a decent 1.30%.

Vulcan Materials Company produces and sells construction aggregates, asphalt mix, and ready-mixed concrete primarily in the United States.

Should I buy VMC stock?

Trading stocks requires experience and discipline, and your buying and selling decisions must come following a methodology. Having a trading plan helps to make decisions easier, quicker and with less hesitations. At Stocks2.com, we use very simple but trusted and powerful trend following trading strategies. Simple things usually work the best.

Currently, Vulcan Materials stock doesn't match any of these trading strategies, so our recommendation is not to buy.

Buy setupElegible
New all-time highNo
New 52 week highNo
Price crossing up 200d MANo
100d MA crossing up 200d MANo
This is not a selling recommendation at all, just it's not the best moment to buy if you follow any of these trading strategies.

Is Vulcan Materials stock a buy?

Everyday, hundreds of stock ratings are posted by financial analysts to indicate a particular stock's attractiveness. Unfortunately, we couldn't find any rating for VMC stock for the last month.

VMC stock analysis

Daily outlook

Vulcan Materials inched a decent 1.30% and closed at $146.97.

Vulcan Materials shares inched 1.30% to $146.97 on Feb 14th. VMC is retaking the upward trend marking a new rising bottom heading to break out over $149.05. Since price and SMA100d lines crossed up on Feb/3, VMC climbed $5.34 (3.77%). On September, VMC hit a new all time high, pushing higher than on September tops. Check different trading setups that use ATHs as triggers.

VMC stock chart (daily)

Weekly outlook

Vulcan Materials shares slightly fell -0.51% this week, ending at $146.97.

Vulcan Materials stock is trading in the range of its last top and last bottom. Loosing would mean breaking the current uptrend. Breakdowns under last bottom are selling point signals for some trading strategies. Far behind is the all-time high Vulcan Materials recorded late September 2019 but price is just -3.40% below that top. Since SMA20d and SMA40w crossed up by mid April 2019, VMC price climbed $25.65 per share (21.14%). Since price and SMA20w lines crossed up last week, VMC climbed $5.34 (3.77%).

VMC stock chart (weekly)

VMC stock price history

VMC stock historical price chart

VMC stock reached all-time highs on September with a price of $152.15.

VMC stock price target

Nobody can reliably foresee how stock prices may evolve in the future. However, financial institutions invest time and resources to provide the most accurated estimations to help investors to make their decisions. We do not recommend to follow these stock price predictions without a critical thinking from your side, as their accuracy is usually low. For the last month we have not found any price forecast for Vulcan Materials stock by any trusted analyst.

Financials and fundamental analysis

Earnings date and Earnings per Share

Vulcan Materials reported great results for 2018-Q4 . Vulcan Materials escalated Earnings per Share (EPS) by 13.80%, beating analysts estimates of $0.87. Vulcan Materials posted $0.99.
VMC earnings date and EPS evolution
QuarterReporting dateEstimated EPSActual EPSSurprise
2017-Q1-n/a0.34n/a
2017-Q2-n/a0.89n/a
2017-Q32017-11-011.051.04-1.0%
2017-Q42018-02-160.740.740.0%
2018-Q12018-05-030.220.44100.0%
2018-Q22018-07-311.371.23-10.2%
2018-Q32018-10-301.361.42.9%
2018-Q42019-02-140.870.9913.8%
2019-Q1-n/an/an/a
2019-Q2-n/an/an/a

Annual financial results

In 2018, Vulcan Materials annual revenues skyrocketed a super good 12.66% to $4,382.87 million dollars from $3,890.30 marked in 2017. However, its income margin (compared to sales) depreciated to 11.77%, that is $515.81 million.

VMC annual Sales and Income evolution
YearSalesYoYIncome/(margin)YoY
2013$2,770 M-$21 M0.7%-
2014$2,994 M8.09%$205 M6.8%887.11%
2015$3,422 M14.29%$221 M6.5%7.93%
2016$3,593 M4.98%$419 M11.7%89.66%
2017$3,890 M8.28%$601 M15.5%43.31%
2018$4,383 M12.66%$516 M11.8%-14.20%

Quarterly financial results

Vulcan Materials reported $1,088.05 million in sales for 2018-Q4, a -12.27% decline compared to previous quarter. Reported quarter income marked $124.02 million with a profit margin of 11.40%. Profit margin decreased a -3.05% compared to previous quarter when profit margin was 14.45%. When comparing revenues to same quarter last year, Vulcan Materials sales marked a brilliant increase and boosted a 11.31%.
VMC quarterly Sales and Income evolution
QuarterSales1QoQ2Income1/(margin)QoQ2
2017-Q1$787 M-$44 M5.5%-
2017-Q2$1,030 M30.82%$112 M10.8%156.78%
2017-Q3$1,095 M6.28%$109 M9.9%-2.84%
2017-Q4$977 M-10.71%$328 M33.5%201.67%
2018-Q1$854 M-12.58%$53 M6.2%-83.83%
2018-Q2$1,200 M40.45%$160 M13.3%201.35%
2018-Q3$1,240 M3.34%$179 M14.4%12.21%
2018-Q4$1,088 M-12.27%$124 M11.4%-30.77%

Vulcan Materials ownership

When you are planning to invest in a company, it's worth to overview its ownership structure.

Vulcan Materials shares owned by insiders (that is, founders, CEO, CTO, main executives or other management staff) currently counts a 0.23% of all shares.

Bearish positions for VMC stock account 0.00%, no big difference from last month.

The following table compares ownership indicators for other stocks related to Vulcan Materials:

VMC
Market cap$19.5 B
Total shares132.4 M
Float shares132.0 M
  - Institutional holdings (%)95.8%
  - Insider holdings (%)0.2%
Shares in short selling0.0%

VMC summary

Friday, February 14th, 2020
Open$145.17
Close$146.97
Day range$144.87 - $147.64
Previous close$145.08
Session gain1.30%
Average true range$3.26
50d mov avg$142.71
100d mov avg$143.28
200d mov avg$139.58
Daily patternlb02a
Weekly pattern lt06a

Vulcan Materials performance

To measure stock performance is always good to compare with competitors or related stocks. We compared Vulcan Materials against in the following table:
Stock3m6m12m
VMCVulcan Materials4.82%4.15%31.14%

Vulcan Materials competitors

Unfortunately, we could not find any public company that could be defined as Vulcan Materials competitor. This doesn't mean Vulcan Materials does not have any competitor in the market, it's just we could not detected it.

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