Crh Plc (NYSE:CRH) saw strong trading volume on Wednesday . 1,391,887 shares traded hands during mid-day trading, an increase of 19% from the previous session’s volume of 1,168,768 shares.The stock last traded at $27.79 and had previously closed at $27.88.

A number of equities analysts recently weighed in on the stock. BNP Paribas reiterated an “outperform” rating on shares of Crh Plc in a research report on Tuesday, June 21st. Deutsche Bank AG reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Crh Plc in a research report on Friday, March 11th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Crh Plc from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, May 10th. Bank of America Corp. upgraded shares of Crh Plc from an “underperform” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research report on Monday, April 25th. Finally, Beaufort Securities reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Crh Plc in a research report on Thursday, April 28th. Six equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $25.00.

The stock has a 50-day moving average of $29.66 and a 200-day moving average of $28.01. The stock has a market capitalization of $22.96 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 28.34.

Other large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Bank of Montreal Can increased its stake in Crh Plc by 6.3% in the fourth quarter. Bank of Montreal Can now owns 585,304 shares of the company’s stock worth $16,869,000 after buying an additional 34,936 shares during the period. Morgan Stanley increased its stake in Crh Plc by 5.4% in the fourth quarter. Morgan Stanley now owns 1,043,523 shares of the company’s stock worth $30,075,000 after buying an additional 53,893 shares during the period. Bollard Group LLC increased its stake in Crh Plc by 0.6% in the fourth quarter. Bollard Group LLC now owns 53,420 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,540,000 after buying an additional 309 shares during the period. Finally, World Asset Management Inc increased its stake in Crh Plc by 2.4% in the fourth quarter. World Asset Management Inc now owns 43,516 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,254,000 after buying an additional 1,004 shares during the period.

CRH PLC is a building materials company. The Company manufactures and supplies a range of building materials and products ranging from the fundamentals of heavy materials and elements to construct the frame. As of December 31, 2013, the Company operated in approximately 34 countries in North America, Europe, and Asia.

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