News coverage about Masco (NYSE:MAS) has been trending somewhat positive on Wednesday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern rates the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Masco earned a news sentiment score of 0.21 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the construction company an impact score of 46.2431503218987 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

A number of research firms recently weighed in on MAS. Credit Suisse Group reaffirmed a “neutral” rating and set a $46.00 price target (up from $36.00) on shares of Masco in a report on Monday, January 22nd. They noted that the move was a valuation call. JPMorgan Chase & Co. cut Masco from an “overweight” rating to a “neutral” rating in a report on Friday, January 5th. Zacks Investment Research cut Masco from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, December 26th. Royal Bank of Canada set a $46.00 price target on Masco and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, February 9th. Finally, Raymond James Financial reaffirmed a “market perform” rating on shares of Masco in a report on Wednesday, October 25th. Eight research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and twelve have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $44.07.

Masco (MAS) traded up $0.18 during midday trading on Wednesday, hitting $42.94. The stock had a trading volume of 2,892,508 shares, compared to its average volume of 3,366,197. The firm has a market cap of $13,513.44, a PE ratio of 26.02, a P/E/G ratio of 1.08 and a beta of 1.49. Masco has a one year low of $32.97 and a one year high of $46.44. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 16.87, a current ratio of 1.97 and a quick ratio of 1.49.

Masco (NYSE:MAS) last released its earnings results on Thursday, February 8th. The construction company reported $0.44 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.43 by $0.01. The company had revenue of $1.87 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.84 billion. Masco had a return on equity of 1,000.81% and a net margin of 6.97%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 6.5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the firm earned $0.33 EPS. equities research analysts forecast that Masco will post 2.57 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, February 12th. Investors of record on Friday, January 12th were paid a dividend of $0.105 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, January 11th. This represents a $0.42 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.98%. Masco’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 25.45%.

In related news, VP Renee Straber sold 2,574 shares of Masco stock in a transaction on Friday, December 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $42.55, for a total transaction of $109,523.70. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now directly owns 65,423 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,783,748.65. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. 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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