USG Corp (USG): Today's Featured Materials & Construction Winner

USG ( USG) pushed the Materials & Construction industry higher today making it today's featured materials & construction winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, USG rose $0.37 (1.4%) to $26.29 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,733,478 shares of USG exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,047,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $25.76-$26.49 after having opened the day at $25.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.92. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were: China Recycling Energy Corporation ( CREG), up 10.2%, China Advanced Construction Materials Group ( CADC), up 5.0%, Real Goods Solar ( RSOL), up 4.6% and AAON ( AAON), up 3.9%.

USG Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and distribution of building materials worldwide. The company operates in three reportable segments: North American Gypsum, Worldwide Ceilings, and Building Products Distribution. USG has a market cap of $2.7 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 12.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate USG a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates USG as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally higher debt management risk.

On the negative front, Gafisa ( GFA), down 6.7%, Integrated Electrical Services ( IESC), down 4.1%, A V Homes ( AVHI), down 3.9% and Industrial Services of America ( IDSA), down 3.4%.

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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