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

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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 down 0.2%. By the end of trading, USG rose $0.31 (1.3%) to $23.37 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,140,609 shares of USG exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,802,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $23.15-$23.74 after having opened the day at $23.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.06. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were: Perma-Fix Environmental Services ( PESI), up 10.0%, Tri-Tech ( TRIT), up 6.2%, Industrial Services of America ( IDSA), up 4.7% and Real Goods Solar ( RSOL), up 4.6%.

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 $2.6 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 17.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate USG a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 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, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins.

On the negative front, China Recycling Energy Corporation ( CREG), down 19.5%, China Advanced Construction Materials Group ( CADC), down 6.4%, Dycom Industries ( DY), down 5.9% and Guanwei Recycling ( GPRC), down 5.4% , were all laggards within the materials & construction industry with Masco Corporation ( MAS) 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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