NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Credit Suisse downgraded United States Gypsum Corp. (USG) stock to "underperform" from "neutral" and lowered its price target to $17 from $26.

Through its subsidiaries, the Chicago-based company is a manufacturer and distributor of building materials.

"Stock is down sharply but significant risk to consensus remains based on likely lack of traction on wallboard pricing and demand growth rebounding more slowly, coupled with increased competition in ceilings, which is likely to drive continued underperformance; unfavorable risk/reward under our scenario analysis," the firm said in an analyst note.

Consensus estimates fail to fully appreciate the changed demand patterns and profitability in wallboard building material and choppy demand and potentially unfavorable pricing in ceilings this year, Credit Suisse added.

Shares of USG are lower by 1.76% to $16.77 on heavy trading volume in midday trading on Tuesday.

About 3.26 million of the company's shares were traded by this afternoon, compared to its average volume of 1.99 million shares per day.

Separately, TheStreet Ratings Team has a "Hold" rating with a score of C on the stock.

The primary factors that have impacted the rating are mixed - some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks.

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The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations.

As a counter to these strengths, it also finds weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins.

Recently, TheStreet Ratings objectively rated this stock according to its "risk-adjusted" total return prospect over a 12-month investment horizon. Not based on the news in any given day, the rating may differ from Jim Cramer's view or that of this articles's author.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: USG

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