Cemex (NYSE: CX) and Loma Negra (NYSE:LOMA) are both construction companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, earnings, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.
This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Cemex and Loma Negra, as provided by MarketBeat.
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Cemex presently has a consensus price target of $9.38, indicating a potential upside of 31.56%. Loma Negra has a consensus price target of $24.50, indicating a potential upside of 12.23%. Given Cemex’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Cemex is more favorable than Loma Negra.
Institutional & Insider Ownership
36.9% of Cemex shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 39.9% of Loma Negra shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of Cemex shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
This table compares Cemex and Loma Negra’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Cemex and Loma Negra’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
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Cemex has higher revenue and earnings than Loma Negra. Cemex is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Loma Negra, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Cemex beats Loma Negra on 9 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.
CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V., together with its subsidiaries, produces, markets, distributes, and sells cement, ready-mix concrete, aggregates, clinker, and other construction materials. The company also offers various complementary construction products, including asphalt products; concrete blocks and roof tiles; architectural products; concrete pipes for storm and sanitary sewers applications; and other precast products comprising rail products, concrete floors, box culverts, bridges, drainage basins, barriers, and parking curbs. In addition, it provides building solutions for housing projects, pavement projects, and green building consultancy services; and information technology solutions and services. The company has operations in Mexico, the United States, Europe, South America, the Caribbean, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V. was founded in 1906 and is headquartered in San Pedro Garza García, Mexico.
About Loma Negra
Loma Negra Compañía Industrial Argentina Sociedad Anónima, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets cement and its by-products in Argentina and Paraguay. It operates through Cement, Masonry Cement and Lime; Concrete; Railroad; Aggregates; and Others segments. The company offers masonry cement, aggregates, ready-mix concrete, and lime to wholesale distributors, concrete producers, industrial customers, and others for use in the construction. It also provides railroad cargo transport services; and treats and recycles industrial waste for use as fuel or raw materials. The company was founded in 1926 and is headquartered in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Loma Negra Compañía Industrial Argentina Sociedad Anónima is a subsidiary of Loma Negra Holding GmbH.
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