USG Corp (USG): Today's Featured Materials & Construction Winner

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USG ( USG) pushed the Materials & Construction industry higher today making it today's featured materials & construction winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, USG rose 55 cents (2.7%) to $21.11 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.2 million shares of USG exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $20.41-$21.35 after having opened the day at $20.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.56. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were: Heckmann ( HEK), up 37.9%, Hovnanian ( HOV), up 7.9%, Energy Solutions ( ES), up 4.5%, and Apogee ( APOG), up 4.4%.

USG Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and distribution of building materials worldwide. USG has a market cap of $2.21 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 102.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are four analysts that rate USG a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and eight rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates USG as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity, generally high debt management risk 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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