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 up 1.2%. By the end of trading, Masco Corporation rose 20 cents (1.2%) to $17.08 on light volume. Throughout the day, four million shares of Masco Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.5 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $16.63-$17.14 after having opened the day at $17.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.88. Other companies within the Industrial Goods sector that increased today were: China BAK Battery ( CBAK), up 15.8%, Renewable Energy Trade Board ( EBOD), up 15.6%, ZBB Energy Corporation ( ZBB), up 14.3%, and Real Goods Solar ( RSOL), up 13.8%.
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Masco Corporation manufactures, distributes, and installs home improvement and building products primarily in North America and Europe. Masco Corporation has a market cap of $6.06 billion and is part of the materials & construction industry. Shares are up 61.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are two analysts that rate Masco Corporation a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and nine rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Masco Corporation as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid stock price performance. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

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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