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 was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Masco Corporation rose $1.06 (5.4%) to $20.80 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 9,276,585 shares of Masco Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,953,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $20.39-$21.23 after having opened the day at $20.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.74. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were: Headwaters ( HW), up 11.4%, Empresas ICA S.A.B. de C.V ( ICA), up 6.3%, Taylor Morrison Home ( TMHC), up 3.6% and China Advanced Construction Materials Group ( CADC), up 3.5%.

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 $7.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 19.1% 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 solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. 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, Nuverra Environmental Solutions ( NES), down 12.9%, Homex Development ( HXM), down 12.4%, China Recycling Energy Corporation ( CREG), down 6.1% and Guanwei Recycling ( GPRC), down 5.7% , were all laggards within the materials & construction industry with PulteGroup ( PHM) 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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