Why USG (USG) Stock Is Down Today

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- USG (USG) was falling 5% to $27.37 Thursday after missing analysts' earnings and revenue for the second quarter.

For the second quarter USG reported earnings of 33 cents a share, missing the Capital IQ Consensus Estimate of 43 cents a share by 10 cents. Revenue grew 3.5% from the year-ago quarter to $948 million, missing the $1 billion that analysts expected.

"Despite slower than expected acceleration in industry opportunity, most of our businesses and products improved their performance from a year ago and we also recorded our first full quarter of operations in our USG Boral joint venture," USG chairman, president, and CEO James S. Metcalf said in a press release.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates USG CORP as a Hold with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate USG CORP (USG) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed -- some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins."

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