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

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Masco Corporation ( MAS) pushed the Industrial Goods sector higher today making it today's featured industrial goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Masco Corporation rose 22 cents (1.6%) to $13.87 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5.2 million shares of Masco Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.1 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $13.52-$14 after having opened the day at $13.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.65. Other companies within the Industrial Goods sector that increased today were: Tecumseh Products Company ( TECUB), up 12.5%, A.M. Castle ( CAS), up 11.5%, Tecumseh Products Company ( TECUA), up 10.3%, and Tri-Tech ( TRIT), up 8.7%.

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 materials & construction industry. Shares are up 32.5% 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 good cash flow from operations. 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.

On the negative front, Arotech Corporation ( ARTX), down 9.9%, CUI Global ( CUI), down 8.8%, Integrated Electrical Services ( IESC), down 7.8%, and Tower International ( TOWR), down 6.8%, were all laggards within the industrial goods sector with Terex ( TEX) being today's industrial goods sector laggard.

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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