Masco (MAS) Getting Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage, Report Shows

News stories about Masco (NYSE:MAS) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group ranks the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Masco earned a news impact score of 0.22 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the construction company an impact score of 46.3014231417645 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:

A number of equities research analysts have recently commented on MAS shares. Wells Fargo & Co lowered shares of Masco from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating and set a $44.00 price objective on the stock. in a research note on Wednesday, October 25th. Royal Bank of Canada upped their price objective on shares of Masco from $44.00 to $47.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 25th. Raymond James Financial reaffirmed a “market perform” rating on shares of Masco in a research note on Wednesday, October 25th. Robert W. Baird upped their price objective on shares of Masco from $42.00 to $44.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 25th. Finally, Nomura set a $45.00 price objective on shares of Masco and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 25th. Eight equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and twelve have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Masco has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $44.07.

Masco (NYSE:MAS) traded up $0.38 during trading on Friday, hitting $43.21. 2,670,332 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 3,400,000. The company has a quick ratio of 1.49, a current ratio of 1.97 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 16.87. Masco has a 52 week low of $32.97 and a 52 week high of $46.44. The firm has a market cap of $13,590.00, a P/E ratio of 26.03, a PEG ratio of 1.08 and a beta of 1.49.

Masco (NYSE:MAS) last released its earnings results on Thursday, February 8th. The construction company reported $0.44 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.43 by $0.01. Masco had a net margin of 6.97% and a return on equity of 1,000.81%. The company had revenue of $1.87 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.84 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company earned $0.33 EPS. Masco’s quarterly revenue was up 6.5% compared to the same quarter last year. analysts anticipate that Masco will post 2.57 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, February 12th. Investors of record on Friday, January 12th were given a dividend of $0.105 per share. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, January 11th. This represents a $0.42 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.97%. Masco’s payout ratio is presently 25.30%.

In related news, VP Renee Straber sold 2,574 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Friday, December 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $42.55, for a total transaction of $109,523.70. Following the transaction, the vice president now owns 65,423 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,783,748.65. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. 1.30% of the stock is owned by insiders.

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Masco Company Profile

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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