Masco Corp (NYSE:MAS) Director Lisa A. Payne sold 5,577 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, March 22nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $41.85, for a total transaction of $233,397.45. Following the transaction, the director now owns 56,766 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,375,657.10. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this link.

Masco Corp (NYSE:MAS) traded down $0.22 on Friday, reaching $40.81. 1,458,977 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 3,083,123. Masco Corp has a 52-week low of $32.97 and a 52-week high of $46.44. The company has a quick ratio of 1.49, a current ratio of 1.97 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 16.87. The company has a market cap of $13,021.42, a price-to-earnings ratio of 24.97, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.04 and a beta of 1.51.

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Masco (NYSE:MAS) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, February 8th. The construction company reported $0.44 earnings per share for the quarter, topping 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 firm had revenue of $1.87 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.84 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $0.33 EPS. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 6.5% compared to the same quarter last year. research analysts expect that Masco Corp will post 2.55 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, May 14th. Stockholders of record on Friday, April 13th will be paid a $0.105 dividend. This represents a $0.42 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.03%. Masco’s dividend payout ratio is currently 25.45%.

Large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. First Personal Financial Services bought a new stake in shares of Masco in the 4th quarter valued at $100,000. Vestpro Financial Partners Inc. dba CPF Texas bought a new stake in shares of Masco in the 4th quarter valued at $114,000. Avestar Capital LLC bought a new stake in shares of Masco in the 4th quarter valued at $135,000. Tower Research Capital LLC TRC boosted its stake in shares of Masco by 299.4% in the 4th quarter. Tower Research Capital LLC TRC now owns 3,698 shares of the construction company’s stock valued at $162,000 after purchasing an additional 2,772 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Parsons Capital Management Inc. RI bought a new stake in shares of Masco in the 4th quarter valued at $204,000. 90.05% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

A number of equities analysts recently issued reports on the stock. Deutsche Bank upgraded shares of Masco from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $43.00 price objective for the company in a research report on Thursday. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Masco from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, March 6th. Royal Bank of Canada set a $46.00 price objective on shares of Masco and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, February 9th. Credit Suisse Group reiterated a “neutral” rating and set a $46.00 price objective (up from $36.00) on shares of Masco in a research report on Monday, January 22nd. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. cut shares of Masco from an “overweight” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research report on Friday, January 5th. Eight investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and twelve have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $44.60.

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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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