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

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Masco Corporation ( MAS) pushed the Materials & Construction industry higher today making it today's featured materials & construction winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Masco Corporation rose 26 cents (1.3%) to $20.22 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4.6 million shares of Masco Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.7 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $19.62-$20.44 after having opened the day at $19.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.96. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were: India Globalization Capital ( IGC), up 16.7%, Ecology and Environment ( EEI), up 9.8%, Vertex Energy ( VTNR), up 8.4%, and China Advanced Construction Materials Group ( CADC), up 6.2%.
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Masco Corporation engages in the manufacture, distribution, and installation of home improvement and building products primarily in North America and Europe. Masco Corporation has a market cap of $7.23 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 19.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are five analysts that rate Masco Corporation a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and seven 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 impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins.

On the negative front, Guanwei Recycling ( GPRC), down 11.8%, MagneGas Corporation ( MNGA), down 5.5%, Caesarstone Sdot-Yam ( CSTE), down 5.1%, and Sharps Compliance Corporation ( SMED), down 4.7%, were all laggards within the materials & construction industry with Fluor Corporation ( FLR) being today's materials & construction industry laggard.

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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