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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 0.2%. By the end of trading, Masco Corporation rose $0.32 (1.5%) to $22.17 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5,052,886 shares of Masco Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,715,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $21.26-$22.32 after having opened the day at $21.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.85. Other companies within the Industrial Goods sector that increased today were:

Highway Holdings



), up 31.6%,

Hydrogenics Corporation



), up 11.7%,

China Ming Yang Wind Power Group



), up 11.1% and

China BAK Battery



), up 9.6%.

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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 materials & construction industry. Shares are up 31.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Masco Corporation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Masco Corporation as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, notable return on equity and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front,

Cleantech Solutions International



), down 14.8%,

Real Goods Solar



), down 10.7%,

MagneGas Corporation



), down 8.9% and

Continental Materials Corporation



), down 6.9% , were all laggards within the industrial goods sector with

Allegheny Technologies



) being today's industrial goods sector laggard.

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Industrial Select Sector SPDR



) while those bearish on the industrial goods sector could consider

ProShares Short Dow 30




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