NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of USG Corp. (USG) are climbing by 6.65% to $20.38 on Friday morning, after the construction materials company reported better than expected earnings per share results for the fiscal 2015 fourth quarter.

USG posted adjusted earnings of 42 cents per share, topping the 30 cents per share analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters had predicted.

Revenue came in at $925 million for the quarter, a decline when compared to the same period last year. The company's revenue results missed the $948.42 million analysts had been anticipating.

"We finished 2015 on a strong note by achieving impressive margin expansion in our Gypsum and Ceilings businesses," company CEO James S. Metcalf said in a statement. "Improved pricing in both businesses, coupled with our cost discipline, drove this increased performance."

USG Corp. is a Chicago-based manufacturer and distributor of building materials.

Separately, TheStreet Ratings has set a "hold" rating and a score of C on USG Corp. stock. The primary factors that have impacted the 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 compelling growth in net income, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, TheStreet Ratings also finds weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins.

TheStreet Ratings objectively rated this stock according to its "risk-adjusted" total return prospect over a 12-month investment horizon. Not based on the news in any given day, the rating may differ from Jim Cramer's view or that of this articles's author.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: USG

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