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 down 0.7%. By the end of trading, Masco Corporation rose $0.28 (1.3%) to $21.73 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 5,919,366 shares of Masco Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,746,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $20.86-$21.87 after having opened the day at $21.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.45. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were: Real Goods Solar ( RSOL), up 16.3%, Desarrolladora Homex SAB de CV ADR ( HXM), up 15.3%, Rayonier ( RYN), up 9.7% and Integrated Electrical Services ( IESC), up 7.2%.

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 $7.9 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 54.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 5.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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, India Globalization Capital ( IGC), down 7.1%, MagneGas Corporation ( MNGA), down 6.8%, Tile Shop Holdings ( TTS), down 6.4% and China Ceramics ( CCCL), down 4.9% , were all laggards within the materials & construction industry with Toll Brothers ( TOL) 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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