Masco Corporation (MAS): Today's Featured Materials & Construction Laggard

Masco Corporation ( MAS) pushed the Materials & Construction industry lower today making it today's featured Materials & Construction laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Masco Corporation fell 14 cents (-1.1%) to $12.83 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3.8 million shares of Masco Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.1 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $12.69-$13.06 after having opened the day at $12.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.97. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that declined today were: Guanwei Recycling ( GPRC), down 9.9%, James Hardie Industries SE ( JHX), down 6%, Casella Waste Systems ( CWST), down 5.8%, and Goldfield ( GV), down 5.6%.

Masco Corporation manufactures, distributes, and installs home improvement and building products primarily in North America and Europe. Masco Corporation has a market cap of $4.67 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 24.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

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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