Masco Corporation (MAS): Today's Featured Materials & Construction Laggard

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Masco Corporation ( MAS) pushed the Materials & Construction industry lower today making it today's featured Materials & Construction laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Masco Corporation fell $0.20 (-1.1%) to $18.51 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3,278,582 shares of Masco Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,605,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $18.50-$18.84 after having opened the day at $18.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.71. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that declined today were: 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%.

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 $6.9 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 12.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, 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% , were all gainers within the materials & construction industry with USG ( USG) being today's featured materials & construction industry leader.

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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