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

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Masco Corporation ( MAS) pushed the Industrial Goods sector lower today making it today's featured Industrial Goods laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Masco Corporation fell $0.28 (-1.3%) to $20.74 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6,953,629 shares of Masco Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,720,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $20.14-$21.16 after having opened the day at $21.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.02. Other companies within the Industrial Goods sector that declined today were: China Valves Technology ( CVVT), down 38.1%, ExOne ( XONE), down 9.7%, Homex Development ( HXM), down 8.1% and Continental Materials Corporation ( CUO), down 8.0%.
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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 $7.6 billion and is part of the materials & construction industry. Shares are up 26.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Masco Corporation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Masco Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, notable return on equity and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, Hydrogenics Corporation ( HYGS), down 13.9%, Fuelcell Energy ( FCEL), down 10.6%, Capstone Turbine Corporation ( CPST), down 10.3% and TRC Companies ( TRR), down 10.0% , were all gainers within the industrial goods sector with Deere ( DE) being today's featured industrial goods sector leader.

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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