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 0.8%. By the end of trading, Masco Corporation rose $0.47 (2.1%) to $23.16 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,187,537 shares of Masco Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,035,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $22.71-$23.20 after having opened the day at $22.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.69. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were: Goldfield ( GV), up 9.4%, Integrated Electrical Services ( IESC), up 8.3%, MagneGas Corporation ( MNGA), up 6.4% and PGT ( PGTI), up 6.3%.

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 $8.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 0.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Masco Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 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, Sharps Compliance Corporation ( SMED), down 3.3%, India Globalization Capital ( IGC), down 2.9%, Guanwei Recycling ( GPRC), down 2.1% and Beazer Homes USA ( BZH), down 1.6% , were all laggards within the materials & construction industry with Lennar Corporation ( LEN) 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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