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Vulcan Materials Company is a building materials business based in the US. Vulcan Materials Company shares (VMC) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Vulcan Materials Company employs 9,173 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$5 billion.

How to buy shares in Vulcan Materials Company

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  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and bank information. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for Vulcan Materials Company. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: VMC. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Vulcan Materials Company reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of USD$146.42, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimize risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Vulcan Materials Company, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Vulcan Materials Company. Optimize your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

How has coronavirus impacted Vulcan Materials Company's share price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Vulcan Materials Company's share price has had significant positive movement.

Its last market close was USD$146.42, which is 8.52% up on its pre-crash value of USD$133.95 and 123.34% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as USD$65.56.

If you had bought USD$1,000 worth of Vulcan Materials Company shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth USD$567.58 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth USD$1,013.23.

Vulcan Materials Company share price

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Vulcan Materials Company shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-10-20.
Latest market close USD$146.42
52-week range USD$65.56 - USD$153.88
50-day moving average USD$134.2446
200-day moving average USD$120.3939
Wall St. target price USD$147
PE ratio 31.8774
Dividend yield USD$1.36 (0.93%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$4.695

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Vulcan Materials Company price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $146.42 from 2020-10-16

1 week (2020-11-20) N/A
1 month (2020-10-30) 1.09%
3 months (2020-09-01) 19.80%
6 months (2020-05-28) N/A
1 year (2019-11-27) N/A
2 years (2018-11-27) N/A
3 years (2017-11-27) N/A
5 years (2015-11-27) N/A

Is Vulcan Materials Company under- or over-valued?

Valuing Vulcan Materials Company stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Vulcan Materials Company's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Vulcan Materials Company's P/E ratio

Vulcan Materials Company's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 32x. In other words, Vulcan Materials Company shares trade at around 32x recent earnings.

That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.

Vulcan Materials Company's PEG ratio

Vulcan Materials Company's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.4771. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Vulcan Materials Company's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Vulcan Materials Company's EBITDA

Vulcan Materials Company's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$1.3 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Vulcan Materials Company's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Vulcan Materials Company financials

Revenue TTM USD$5 billion
Operating margin TTM 18.36%
Gross profit TTM USD$1.3 billion
Return on assets TTM 5.22%
Return on equity TTM 11.34%
Profit margin 12.6%
Book value $43.521
Market capitalisation USD$19.3 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Vulcan Materials Company shares

There are currently 2.6 million Vulcan Materials Company shares held short by investors – that's known as Vulcan Materials Company's "short interest". This figure is 2.1% up from 2.6 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Vulcan Materials Company shares can be evaluated.

Vulcan Materials Company's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Vulcan Materials Company's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Vulcan Materials Company shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Vulcan Materials Company shares traded daily (recently around 848511.5755627). Vulcan Materials Company's SIR currently stands at 3.11. In other words for every 100,000 Vulcan Materials Company shares traded daily on the market, roughly 3110 shares are currently held short.

However Vulcan Materials Company's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Vulcan Materials Company shares, or, against the total number of tradable Vulcan Materials Company shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Vulcan Materials Company's short interest could be expressed as 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Vulcan Materials Company shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0.0225% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Vulcan Materials Company shares, roughly 23 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Vulcan Materials Company.

Find out more about how you can short Vulcan Materials Company stock.

Vulcan Materials Company's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Vulcan Materials Company.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

Vulcan Materials Company's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 31.75

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Vulcan Materials Company's overall score of 31.75 (as at 10/01/2020) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 67th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Vulcan Materials Company is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

Vulcan Materials Company's environmental score

Environmental score: 18.54/100

Vulcan Materials Company's environmental score of 18.54 puts it squarely in the 1st percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Vulcan Materials Company is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Vulcan Materials Company's social score

Social score: 3.35/100

Vulcan Materials Company's social score of 3.35 puts it squarely in the 1st percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Vulcan Materials Company is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Vulcan Materials Company's governance score

Governance score: 6.86/100

Vulcan Materials Company's governance score puts it squarely in the 1st percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Vulcan Materials Company is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Vulcan Materials Company's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Vulcan Materials Company scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Vulcan Materials Company has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Vulcan Materials Company was last rated for ESG on: 2020-10-01.

Total ESG score 31.75
Total ESG percentile 66.92
Environmental score 18.54
Environmental score percentile 1
Social score 3.35
Social score percentile 1
Governance score 6.86
Governance score percentile 1
Level of controversy 2

Vulcan Materials Company share dividends

28%

Dividend payout ratio: 28.16% of net profits

Recently Vulcan Materials Company has paid out, on average, around 28.16% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.93% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Vulcan Materials Company shareholders could enjoy a 0.93% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Vulcan Materials Company's case, that would currently equate to about $1.36 per share.

While Vulcan Materials Company's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that Vulcan Materials Company may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.

Vulcan Materials Company's most recent dividend payout was on 3 December 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 16 November 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Vulcan Materials Company's shares ever split?

Vulcan Materials Company's shares were split on a 3:1 basis on 11 March 1999. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 3 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Vulcan Materials Company shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 66.7% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Vulcan Materials Company shares which in turn could have impacted Vulcan Materials Company's share price.

Vulcan Materials Company share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Vulcan Materials Company's shares have ranged in value from as little as $65.56 up to $153.88. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

VMC.US volatility(beta: 0.74)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Vulcan Materials Company's is 0.738. This would suggest that Vulcan Materials Company's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Vulcan Materials Company overview

Vulcan Materials Company produces and supplies construction materials primarily in the United States. The company operates through four segments: Aggregates, Asphalt, Concrete, and Calcium. The Aggregates segment provides crushed stones, sand and gravel, sand, and other aggregates; and related products and services that are applied in construction and maintenance of highways, streets, and other public works, as well as in the construction of housing and commercial, industrial, and other nonresidential facilities. The Asphalt Mix segment offers asphalt mix in Alabama, Arizona, California, New Mexico, Tennessee, and Texas. The Concrete segment provides ready-mixed concrete in California, Maryland, New Mexico, Texas, Virginia, Washington D.C., and the Bahamas. The Calcium segment mines, produces, and sells calcium products for the animal feed, plastics, and water treatment industries. The company was formerly known as Virginia Holdco, Inc. and changed its name to Vulcan Materials Company. Vulcan Materials Company was founded in 1909 and is headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama.

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