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Masco Corporation (MAS): Today's Featured Materials & Construction Laggard

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Masco Corporation ( MAS) pushed the Materials & Construction industry lower today making it today's featured Materials & Construction laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, Masco Corporation fell $0.44 (-2.0%) to $21.55 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3,214,132 shares of Masco Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,290,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $21.38-$21.97 after having opened the day at $21.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.99. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that declined today were: Integrated Electrical Services ( IESC), down 8.6%, PGT ( PGTI), down 6.3%, China Advanced Construction Materials Group ( CADC), down 6.2% and Industrial Services of America ( IDSA), down 4.1%.

Masco Corporation engages in the manufacture, distribution, and installation of home improvement and building products primarily in North America and Europe. Masco Corporation has a market cap of $7.9 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 32.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Masco Corporation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Masco Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, Perma-Fix Environmental Services ( PESI), up 13.8%, MagneGas Corporation ( MNGA), up 8.2%, China Ceramics ( CCCL), up 5.9% and Caesarstone Sdot-Yam ( CSTE), up 5.0%.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the materials & construction industry could consider SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF ( XHB) while those bearish on the materials & construction industry could consider ProShares Short Basic Materials Fd ( SBM).

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