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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Tuesday Sector Leaders: Materials, Consumer Products

Looking at the sectors faring best as of midday Tuesday, shares of Materials companies are outperforming other sectors, higher by 0.2%. Within that group, Vulcan Materials Co (NYSE: VMC) and Martin Marietta Materials, Inc. (NYSE: MLM) are two of the day's stand-outs, showing a gain of 7.3% and 4.4%, respectively. Among the high volume ETFs, one ETF closely following materials stocks is the Materials Select Sector SPDR ETF (AMEX: XLB), which is up 0.3% on the day, and down 4.99% year-to-date. Vulcan Materials Co , meanwhile, is up 46.63% year-to-date, and Martin Marietta Materials, Inc. is up 48.87% year-to-date. Combined, VMC and MLM make up approximately 4.3% of the underlying holdings of XLB.

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