News coverage about Masco (NYSE:MAS) has trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group rates the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Masco earned a media sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the construction company an impact score of 45.5896871328926 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.
A number of research analysts have recently issued reports on MAS shares. Robert W. Baird boosted their price target on shares of Masco from $42.00 to $44.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 25th. Citigroup boosted their price target on shares of Masco from $40.00 to $43.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 25th. FBR & Co reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $46.00 price target (up from $43.00) on shares of Masco in a research note on Wednesday, October 25th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Masco from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, December 26th. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada boosted their price objective on shares of Masco from $44.00 to $47.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 25th. Eight equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and twelve have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $43.47.
Shares of Masco (NYSE:MAS) traded down $0.37 during midday trading on Friday, hitting $45.90. 2,732,454 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 2,791,746. The company has a quick ratio of 1.43, a current ratio of 1.94 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 49.48. The stock has a market capitalization of $14,440.00, a P/E ratio of 27.16, a PEG ratio of 1.20 and a beta of 1.58. Masco has a 12 month low of $31.29 and a 12 month high of $46.44.
The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, February 12th. Stockholders of record on Friday, January 12th will be given a $0.105 dividend. This represents a $0.42 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.92%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, January 11th. Masco’s dividend payout ratio is presently 24.85%.
In related news, VP John P. Lindow sold 17,026 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, October 26th. The shares were sold at an average price of $40.07, for a total transaction of $682,231.82. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now owns 101,681 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $4,074,357.67. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, CFO John G. Sznewajs sold 52,511 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, October 27th. The stock was sold at an average price of $39.83, for a total transaction of $2,091,513.13. Following the transaction, the chief financial officer now directly owns 391,443 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $15,591,174.69. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last three months, insiders sold 88,961 shares of company stock valued at $3,537,891. Company insiders own 1.30% of the company’s stock.
Masco Corporation designs, manufactures, markets and distributes branded home improvement and building products. The Company operates through four business segments: Plumbing Products, Decorative Architectural Products, Cabinetry Products, and Windows and Other Specialty Products. The Company’s portfolio of brands includes BEHR paint; DELTA and HANSGROHE faucets, bath and shower fixtures; KRAFTMAID and MERILLAT cabinets; MILGARD windows and doors, and HOT SPRING spas.
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