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

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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 0.1%. By the end of trading, Masco Corporation rose 33 cents (1.7%) to $20.16 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4.1 million shares of Masco Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.8 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $19.81-$20.24 after having opened the day at $19.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.83. Other companies within the Industrial Goods sector that increased today were: Metalico ( MEA), up 17.5%, Adept Technology ( ADEP), up 10.1%, Research Frontiers ( REFR), up 9.2%, and Tri-Tech ( TRIT), up 8.9%.
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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 $6.99 billion and is part of the materials & construction industry. Shares are up 19% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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, Apogee ( APOG), down 11.1%, China Recycling Energy Corporation ( CREG), down 10.5%, Argan ( AGX), down 8.2%, and Euro Tech Holdings Company ( CLWT), down 7.5%, were all laggards within the industrial goods sector with Reliance Steel and Aluminum ( RS) 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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