Press coverage about Masco (NYSE:MAS) has been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm scores the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Masco earned a daily sentiment score of 0.21 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the construction company an impact score of 46.2526915770544 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

Shares of Masco (NYSE:MAS) opened at $42.13 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 49.48, a quick ratio of 1.43 and a current ratio of 1.94. The firm has a market capitalization of $13,250.00, a PE ratio of 24.78, a PEG ratio of 1.08 and a beta of 1.49. Masco has a 52 week low of $31.29 and a 52 week high of $46.44.

Masco (NYSE:MAS) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, February 8th. The construction company reported $0.44 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.43 by $0.01. The business had revenue of $1.87 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.84 billion. Masco had a negative return on equity of 7,325.00% and a net margin of 7.23%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 6.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the firm earned $0.33 earnings per share. sell-side analysts predict that Masco will post 1.94 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, February 12th. Investors of record on Friday, January 12th will be paid a $0.105 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, January 11th. This represents a $0.42 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.00%. Masco’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 24.71%.

Several research analysts have commented on MAS shares. Robert W. Baird raised their price objective on Masco from $42.00 to $44.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 25th. Citigroup raised their price objective on Masco from $40.00 to $43.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 25th. Royal Bank of Canada set a $46.00 price objective on Masco and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday. FBR & Co reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $46.00 price objective (up from $43.00) on shares of Masco in a research report on Wednesday, October 25th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research lowered Masco from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, December 26th. Eight analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and twelve have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $44.07.

In related news, Director Lokeren Mary Ann Van sold 16,850 shares of Masco stock in a transaction dated Monday, November 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $38.85, for a total value of $654,622.50. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 47,909 shares in the company, valued at $1,861,264.65. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, VP Renee Straber sold 2,574 shares of Masco stock in a transaction dated Friday, December 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $42.55, for a total value of $109,523.70. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now owns 65,423 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,783,748.65. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 1.30% of the stock is currently owned by company 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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