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

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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 up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Masco Corporation fell 22 cents (-1.3%) to $17.25 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2.9 million shares of Masco Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.7 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $17.12-$17.46 after having opened the day at $17.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.47. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that declined today were: Argan ( AGX), down 4.8%, Pure Cycle Corporation ( PCYO), down 4.5%, Hovnanian ( HOV), down 4.3%, and US Ecology ( ECOL), down 3.9%.
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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 $6.18 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 3.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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.

On the positive front, Tri-Tech ( TRIT), up 14.3%, Energy Solutions ( ES), up 8.4%, Sharps Compliance Corporation ( SMED), up 6.5%, and Integrated Electrical Services ( IESC), up 6%, were all gainers within the materials & construction industry with Toll Brothers ( TOL) being today's featured materials & construction industry leader.

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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