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USG

(

USG

) pushed the Materials & Construction industry higher today making it today's featured materials & construction winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, USG rose $0.31 (1.3%) to $23.37 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,140,609 shares of USG exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,802,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $23.15-$23.74 after having opened the day at $23.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.06. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were:

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%.

USG Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and distribution of building materials worldwide. The company operates in three reportable segments: North American Gypsum, Worldwide Ceilings, and Building Products Distribution. USG has a market cap of $2.6 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 17.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate USG a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates USG as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins.

On the negative front,

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% , were all laggards within the materials & construction industry with

Masco Corporation

(

MAS

) being today's materials & construction industry laggard.

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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