Building Materials Stock Skyrockets on Acquisition Plans

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Like clockwork, after huge gains on Friday, stocks are broadly down during today’s trading. The NASDAQ is in positive territory: tech stocks appear to be avoiding the broader pain imposed by tariff fears. Meanwhile, impressive runs by mega-cap tech firms like Amazon and Netflix continue to anchor markets amid a broader selloff.

Today’s Top Performer: Bluelinx Holdings (BXC)

Building Material Stock Surges on Plans to Acquire Major Distributor

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This morning, Bluelinx, a major distributor of building and industrial products in the United States, announced plans to acquire Cedar Creek, another major player in the same space. The new combined entity will boast an impressive market presence, with 70 locations servicing 40 US states.

The total purchase price comes to $413 million. In addition to adding to the breadth of their sales infrastructure, the new firm will boast a deeper roster of products (over 50,000 SKU’s). Such products include premium and industrial lumber, engineered wood products, siding and trim, molding, roofing, vinyl products, insulation, structural panels, and metal products. Both firms also feature a substantial capacity to fabricate variations of these products on demand—a market space outsource by many competitors.

Investors have been buying the stock on heavy volume following the announcement. The stock sits up around 80% at the time of this writing. It has surged to gains as high as 100% at times during today’s trading. Traders appear enthusiastic that the new entity will boast sufficient market power to boost earnings growth well beyond prior expectations for Bluelinx.

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