Masco Corporation (MAS): Today's Featured Industrial Goods Laggard

Masco Corporation ( MAS) pushed the Industrial Goods sector lower today making it today's featured Industrial Goods laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Masco Corporation fell 7 cents (-0.6%) to $11.96 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5.6 million shares of Masco Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of seven million shares. The stock ranged in price between $11.57-$12.14 after having opened the day at $12.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.03. Other company's within the Industrial Goods sector that declined today were: Polypore International ( PPO), down 13.8%, NF Energy Saving ( NFEC), down 10.4%, China Development Group Corporation ( CTDC), down 10%, and Skyline Corporation ( SKY), down 8.3%.

Masco Corporation manufactures, distributes, and installs home improvement and building products primarily in North America and Europe. Masco Corporation has a market cap of $4.69 billion and is part of the materials & construction industry. Shares are up 25.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are two analysts that rate 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, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow, generally poor debt management and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, RTI International Metals ( RTI), up 13.1%, A123 Systems ( AONE), up 12.7%, Wowjoint Holdings ( BWOW), up 10.3%, and Mueller Water Products ( MWA), up 9.9%, were all gainers within the industrial goods sector with AGCO ( AGCO) being today's featured industrial goods sector leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the industrial goods sector could consider Industrial Select Sector SPDR ( XLI) while those bearish on the industrial goods sector could consider ProShares Short Dow 30 ( DOG).
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