Housing Boom Trickles Down to Materials - Research Report on Cemex SAB de CV, USG Corporation, Eagle Materials, Inc., Vulcan

Housing Boom Trickles Down to Materials - Research Report on Cemex SAB de CV,   USG Corporation, Eagle Materials, Inc., Vulcan Materials Company and Texas                                Industries, Inc.  PR Newswire  NEW YORK, March 1, 2013  NEW YORK, March 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --  Today, Investors Alliance announced new research reports highlighting Cemex SAB de CV (NYSE:CX), USG Corporation (NYSE:USG), Eagle Materials, Inc. (NYSE:EXP), Vulcan Materials Company (NYSE:VMC) and Texas Industries, Inc. (NYSE:TXI). Today's readers may access these reports free of charge - including full price targets, industry analysis and analyst ratings - via the links below.  Cemex SAB de CV Research Report  Mexico-based Cemex, the world's largest producer of ready-mix concrete, is seen to benefit from the US housing boom as the economy improves, even if the company has been struggling with losses as of late. The company met expectations on its revenue for Q4 2012 at $3.71 billion, but missed greatly on earnings per share with a loss of $489 million or 43 cents per share compared the projected loss of $47 million or 9 cents per share. However, Cemex expects to sell between 1 and 3 percent more cement in Mexico, the United States, Latin America and Asia in 2013, which could offset the expected weak sales in Northern Europe and the Mediterranean. In addition, the company focused on a refinancing package aimed to improve debt management and capital structure last year, as well as addressing its required amortizations. The Full Research Report on Cemex SAB de CV - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at: [http://www.investors-alliance.com/r/full_research_report/3ed1_CX]  --  USG Corporation Research Report  Another company poised to bounce back with the US housing recovery is building materials maker USG, as prices of wallboards is expected to rise as demand grows and capacity utilization increases. In fact, the company was able to post solid growth in Q4 of 2012, with 12 percent year over year growth in revenue at $815 million, with a much smaller net loss of just $13 million or 11 cents per share, compared to the same quarter the previous year's loss of $100 million or 95 cents per share. Higher wallboard shipments and its increased average price helped achieve these numbers, as well as the $55 million it gained from the previous sale of its European operations. USG expects the total revenue for fiscal 2013 would be $3.5 billion with an operating profit of $340 million with expected growth in residential construction and sales of its premium wallboard products, as well as its unique pricing strategy. The Full Research Report on USG Corporation - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at: [http://www.investors-alliance.com/r/full_research_report/728e_USG]  --  Eagle Materials, Inc. Research Report  Eagle Materials, known for manufacturing and selling wallboards and cement, reported 43 cents in earnings per share for Q3 2012, barely missing analyst expectations of 44 cents, while revenue came in at $164.70 million, compared to estimated $154.78 million. In comparison, the company posted 20 cents earnings per share the same quarter in 2011, while revenue was 33 percent lower. The company's bright spot was its Gypsum Wallboard and Paperboard business, which saw its operating earnings up 362 percent year over year at $24.8 million. Meanwhile, analysts predict that Eagle Materials will post an average of $1.65 earnings per share for the current fiscal year. Investment bank Sterne Agee upgraded the stock from "neutral" to "buy" last week. The Full Research Report on Eagle Materials, Inc. - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at: [http://www.investors-alliance.com/r/full_research_report/678c_EXP]  --  Vulcan Materials Company Research Report  Construction materials maker Vulcan Materials also expects better numbers as the housing market improves, expecting earnings growth supported by improved pricing, aggressive cost control, and some volume growth. The new federal highway bill passed in July last year is also seen to provide stability and predictability to future highway funding, indicative of future growth in future contract awards. In addition, demand for aggregates is seen to rise sharply this year, particularly in private construction and residential housing. To compare, Vulcan reported revenue of $608.4 million in Q4 2012, short of the expected $619.4 million, while it posted a loss of 28 cents per share, in comparison to the estimated 10 cents per share. However these numbers were much better than in the same time in 2011, with growth in almost all business segments. Zacks puts the company at a "neutral" rating, with a price target of $58. The Full Research Vulcan Materials Company - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at: [http://www.investors-alliance.com/r/full_research_report/3ac0_VMC]  --  Texas Industries, Inc. Research Report  Texas Industries saw recent insider trading by two of the company's board members indirectly purchasing a combined 11,000 shares at $56.50, signaling a positive outlook for the company's performance this year as the US housing market surges. In its fiscal Q2 financial report, the company did incur a net loss of $11.1 million or 40 cents per share, which included an after-tax charge for variable stock based compensation of $1.5 million or $.05 per share. But in comparison, the company had a net loss of $21.0 million or $.75 per share the same time in 2011, which included a one-time, pre-tax charge of $3.2 million or 11 cents per share after-tax. The improved numbers were due to 20 percent more net sales for cement year over year, the sixth consecutive quarter that net cement sales exceeded the prior year, while aggregate and ready-mix net sales were up 32% and 18% respectively year over year. The Full Research Report on Texas Industries, Inc. - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at: [http://www.investors-alliance.com/r/full_research_report/2cea_TXI]  --  Consider Investors Alliance  Tired of hearing about the latest, greatest trade opportunity... only to realize that the ship has long sailed? You need a strong, informative community in your arsenal. Join the group that has been consistently identifying momentous situations as they develop - long before they become the next top news on major financial networks.  Contact: Patricia Byers Email: press@investors-alliance.com Main: +1-480-745-7826  SOURCE Investors-Alliance