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

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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 1.0%. By the end of trading, Masco Corporation rose $0.45 (2.4%) to $19.06 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,541,852 shares of Masco Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,696,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $18.58-$19.21 after having opened the day at $18.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.61. Other companies within the Industrial Goods sector that increased today were: Homex Development ( HXM), up 36.4%, Euro Tech Holdings Company ( CLWT), up 9.8%, Frontline ( FRO), up 9.2% and JinkoSolar ( JKS), up 7.4%.

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 $6.8 billion and is part of the materials & construction industry. Shares are up 14.2% 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 buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front, Ballard Power Systems ( BLDP), down 10.1%, China BAK Battery ( CBAK), down 9.6%, China Recycling Energy Corporation ( CREG), down 7.4% and Guanwei Recycling ( GPRC), down 6.9%.

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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