Masco Corporation

(

MAS

) pushed the Materials & Construction industry lower today making it today's featured Materials & Construction loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Masco Corporation fell 9 cents (-0.7%) to $12.60 on light volume. Throughout the day, 4.9 million shares of Masco Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.4 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $12.50-$12.74 after having opened the day at $12.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.69. Other company's within the Materials & Construction industry that declined today were:

US Concrete

(

USCR

), down 10.7%,

Guanwei Recycling

(

GPRC

), down 5.2%,

Sharps Compliance Corporation

(

SMED

), down 5%, and

Tri-Tech

(

TRIT

), down 3.5%.

Masco Corporation manufactures, distributes, and installs home improvement and building products primarily in North America and Europe. Masco Corporation has a market cap of $4.48 billion and is part of the

industrial goods

sector. Shares are up 21.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is one analyst that rates Masco Corporation a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and nine 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and generally poor debt management.

On the positive front,

Nobility Homes

(

NOBH

), up 8.6%,

Integrated Electrical Services

(

IESC

), up 7.1%,

Perma-Fix Environmental Services

(

PESI

), up 4.3%, and

Caesarstone Sdot-Yam

(

CSTE

), up 3.1%, were all gainers within the materials & construction industry with

Republic Services

(

RSG

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

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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