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 0.6%. By the end of trading, Masco Corporation rose $0.25 (1.2%) to $20.72 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5,033,057 shares of Masco Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,441,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $20.48-$20.95 after having opened the day at $20.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.47. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were: Boise Cascade ( BCC), up 6.8%, Integrated Electrical Services ( IESC), up 5.9%, Tile Shop Holdings ( TTS), up 4.2% and Caesarstone Sdot-Yam ( CSTE), up 4.1%.

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 $7.0 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 17.8% 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, 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 negative front, Nuverra Environmental Solutions ( NES), down 3.0%, Nuverra Environmental Solutions ( HEK), down 3.0%, Homex Development ( HXM), down 2.4% and NCI Building Systems ( NCS), down 2.2% , 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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