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USG Corp (USG): Today's Featured Industrial Goods Leader

USG ( USG) pushed the Industrial Goods sector higher today making it today's featured industrial goods leader. The sector as a whole closed the day down 1.2%. By the end of trading, USG rose 23 cents (1.2%) to $20.13 on light volume. Throughout the day, two million shares of USG exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $19.61-$20.40 after having opened the day at $19.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.90. Other companies within the Industrial Goods sector that increased today were: Highway Holdings ( HIHO), up 11%, Integrated Electrical Services ( IESC), up 9.6%, A123 Systems ( AONE), up 9.6%, and Bonso Electronics International ( BNSO), up 7.8%.

USG Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and distribution of building materials worldwide. USG has a market cap of $2.11 billion and is part of the materials & construction industry. Shares are up 95.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are four analysts that rate USG a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and eight rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates USG as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity, generally weak debt management and poor profit margins.

On the negative front, Universal Forest Products ( UFPI), down 15.9%, A V Homes ( AVHI), down 11.9%, Matthews International Corporation ( MATW), down 8.4%, and NF Energy Saving ( NFEC), down 8%, were all laggards within the industrial goods sector with Precision Castparts ( PCP) being today's industrial goods sector laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the industrial goods sector could consider Industrial Select Sector SPDR ( XLI) while those bearish on the industrial goods sector could consider ProShares Short Dow 30 ( DOG).

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