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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 0.2%. By the end of trading, Masco Corporation fell $0.20 (-1.1%) to $18.51 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3,278,582 shares of Masco Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,605,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $18.50-$18.84 after having opened the day at $18.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.71. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that declined today were:

China Recycling Energy Corporation

(

CREG

), down 19.5%,

China Advanced Construction Materials Group

(

CADC

), down 6.4%,

Dycom Industries

(

DY

), down 5.9% and

Guanwei Recycling

(

GPRC

), down 5.4%.

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 $6.9 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 12.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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

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 10.0%,

Tri-Tech

(

TRIT

), up 6.2%,

Industrial Services of America

(

IDSA

), up 4.7% and

Real Goods Solar

(

RSOL

), up 4.6% , were all gainers within the materials & construction industry with

USG

(

USG

) being today's featured materials & construction industry leader.

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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