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Masco Corporation



) pushed the Industrial Goods sector higher today making it today's featured industrial goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, Masco Corporation rose 87 cents (5.6%) to $16.31 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6.7 million shares of Masco Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.4 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $15.48-$16.34 after having opened the day at $15.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.44. Other companies within the Industrial Goods sector that increased today were:

China Advanced Construction Materials Group



), up 51.2%,

Cleantech Solutions International



), up 24.1%,




), up 15.4%, and




), up 14.7%.

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Masco Corporation manufactures, distributes, and installs home improvement and building products primarily in North America and Europe. Masco Corporation has a market cap of $5.33 billion and is part of the materials & construction industry. The company has a P/E ratio of -10.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 42.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are two analysts that rate Masco Corporation a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and nine rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Masco Corporation as a


. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid stock price performance. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front,

China Valves Technology



), down 14.8%,

Intellicheck Mobilisa



), down 9.7%,

Highpower International



), down 7.9%, and

Plug Power



), down 6.8%, were all laggards within the industrial goods sector with

Parker Hannifin Corporation



) being today's industrial goods sector laggard.

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) while those bearish on the industrial goods sector could consider

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