Masco Corp (NYSE:MAS) Director Lokeren Mary Ann Van sold 5,654 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, March 12th. The shares were sold at an average price of $42.77, for a total value of $241,821.58. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link.

Shares of Masco Corp (NYSE:MAS) opened at $42.29 on Wednesday. The company has a market cap of $13,309.74, a P/E ratio of 21.78, a PEG ratio of 1.07 and a beta of 1.51. Masco Corp has a 52-week low of $32.97 and a 52-week high of $46.44. The company has a current ratio of 1.97, a quick ratio of 1.49 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 16.87.

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Masco (NYSE:MAS) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, February 8th. The construction company reported $0.44 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.43 by $0.01. The company had revenue of $1.87 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.84 billion. Masco had a net margin of 6.97% and a return on equity of 1,000.81%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 6.5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $0.33 EPS. research analysts expect that Masco Corp will post 2.55 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, February 12th. Stockholders of record on Friday, January 12th were given a dividend of $0.105 per share. This represents a $0.42 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.99%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, January 11th. Masco’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 25.45%.

Several research analysts have recently issued reports on the company. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Masco from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday, December 26th. Deutsche Bank upped their price objective on Masco from $39.00 to $43.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, February 27th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. downgraded shares of Masco from an “overweight” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research report on Friday, January 5th. Royal Bank of Canada set a $46.00 target price on shares of Masco and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, February 9th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group reissued a “neutral” rating and set a $46.00 target price (up previously from $36.00) on shares of Masco in a research report on Monday, January 22nd. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Nine research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eleven have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $44.60.

Several hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in MAS. First Personal Financial Services acquired a new stake in shares of Masco during the 4th quarter worth approximately $100,000. Vestpro Financial Partners Inc. dba CPF Texas acquired a new stake in shares of Masco during the 4th quarter worth approximately $114,000. Avestar Capital LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Masco during the 4th quarter worth approximately $135,000. Tower Research Capital LLC TRC grew its position in shares of Masco by 299.4% during the 4th quarter. Tower Research Capital LLC TRC now owns 3,698 shares of the construction company’s stock worth $162,000 after buying an additional 2,772 shares during the period. Finally, Parsons Capital Management Inc. RI acquired a new stake in shares of Masco during the 4th quarter worth approximately $204,000. 90.07% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

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About Masco

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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