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 up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Masco Corporation rose $0.21 (1.0%) to $21.12 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,999,278 shares of Masco Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,945,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $20.88-$21.20 after having opened the day at $20.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.91. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were: Guanwei Recycling ( GPRC), up 12.1%, China Recycling Energy Corporation ( CREG), up 6.8%, Meritage Homes Corporation ( MTH), up 4.9% and Vertex Energy ( VTNR), up 3.6%.

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 $7.5 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 25.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 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 poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and generally higher debt management risk.

On the negative front, MagneGas Corporation ( MNGA), down 8.5%, India Globalization Capital ( IGC), down 6.2%, Perma-Fix Environmental Services ( PESI), down 4.4% and Goldfield ( GV), down 3.0% , were all laggards within the materials & construction industry with Eagle Materials ( EXP) 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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