Is a Breakout in the Charts for Vulcan Materials (VMC)?

Vulcan Materials Co. (VMC) is the United States’ largest producer of construction aggregates (crushed stone, sand, and gravel). Its largest markets include Texas, California, Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, and Alabama…

Vulcan Materials Co. (VMC) reported revenue growth for the second quarter, but earnings were down year over year due to energy inflation and disruptive weather during the quarter. However, VMC has been benefiting from growth in heavy industrial projects, including data centers and warehouses.

As of the most recent quarter, the company had $858 million in cash compared with only $15 million in short-term debt. Its solid balance sheet led to a Quality Grade of B in our POWR Ratings system. In terms of growth going forward, analysts expect earnings to rise 9% year over year in the current quarter.

From a valuation standpoint, the stock does appear overvalued with a trailing P/E of 37.04 and a forward P/E of 37.88. The stock has been trending up since September, but performance has been mixed since May. This is shown in the chart below.

Take a look at the 1-year chart of VMC below with added notations…

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