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) 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



), up 10.0%,




), up 6.2%,

Industrial Services of America



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), up 4.7% and

Real Goods Solar



), 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


. 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



), down 19.5%,

China Advanced Construction Materials Group



), down 6.4%,

Dycom Industries



), down 5.9% and

Guanwei Recycling



), down 5.4% , were all laggards within the materials & construction industry with

Masco Corporation



) 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



) while those bearish on the materials & construction industry could consider

ProShares Short Basic Materials Fd




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