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6 Cement Stocks Worth Buying: Analysts

4. USG (USG - Get Report), operating through its subsidiaries, manufactures and distributes building materials. The company's business operations are divided into three segments: North American Gypsum, Building Products Distribution, and Worldwide Ceilings. USG's range of products is used in residential, non-residential, as well as certain industrial processes.

Of the 14 analysts covering the stock,7% recommend a buy and 86% rate it a hold. On June 17, RBC Capital markets reassigned an outperform rating on the stock with a price target of $16.00, indicating 12.4% increase from current levels. Additionally, KeyBanc Capital Markets reaffirmed its hold rating on the stock on June 29.

The company reported 1% increase in sales to $721 million for first quarter 2011, as compared to the prior year period. Net loss for the quarter narrowed to $105 million or $1.01 per share from $110 million or $1.10 per share in the same quarter a year ago. Operating loss diminished to $58 million from $82 million. During the quarter, USG's average wallboard price increased to $109.15 per thousand square feet from $106.58 in the earlier year period.

The company recently announced the availability of its lightweight SHEETROCK(R) Brand UltraLight Panels FIRECODE(R) 30. These panels meet current building codes for non-fire rated areas and are 30% lighter than the competition's standard Type X panel, making them easier to transport, lift, and install. These panels are available at more than 200 specialty dealers in the eastern half of U.S.
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