First Mercantile Trust Co Lowers stake in Masco Corp (MAS)

Masco Corp (MAS) : First Mercantile Trust Co reduced its stake in Masco Corp by 6.64% during the most recent quarter end. The investment management company now holds a total of 54,150 shares of Masco Corp which is valued at $1,814,567 after selling 3,850 shares in Masco Corp , the firm said in a disclosure report filed with the SEC on Oct 7, 2016.Masco Corp makes up approximately 0.24% of First Mercantile Trust Co’s portfolio.

Other Hedge Funds, Including , Advisory Services Network reduced its stake in MAS by selling 489 shares or 85.64% in the most recent quarter. The Hedge Fund company now holds 82 shares of MAS which is valued at $2,748.Bnp Paribas Arbitrage Sa reduced its stake in MAS by selling 138,871 shares or 24.42% in the most recent quarter. The Hedge Fund company now holds 429,782 shares of MAS which is valued at $14,715,736. Masco Corp makes up approx 0.06% of Bnp Paribas Arbitrage Sa’s portfolio.Chevy Chase Trust Holdings reduced its stake in MAS by selling 8,669 shares or 3.0% in the most recent quarter. The Hedge Fund company now holds 280,558 shares of MAS which is valued at $9,606,306. Masco Corp makes up approx 0.05% of Chevy Chase Trust Holdings’s portfolio. Harbour Capital Advisors added MAS to its portfolio by purchasing 13,250 company shares during the most recent quarter which is valued at $453,680. Masco Corp makes up approx 0.24% of Harbour Capital Advisors’s portfolio.

Masco Corp closed down -1.42 points or -4.07% at $33.51 with 85,33,031 shares getting traded on Friday. Post opening the session at $34.8, the shares hit an intraday low of $33.5 and an intraday high of $34.86 and the price fluctuated in this range throughout the day.Shares ended Friday session in Red.

On the company’s financial health, Masco Corp reported $0.46 EPS for the quarter, beating the analyst consensus estimate by $ 0.03 according to the earnings call on Jul 26, 2016. Analyst had a consensus of $0.43. The company had revenue of $2001.00 million for the quarter, compared to analysts expectations of $1997.53 million. The company’s revenue was up 3.7% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.38 EPS.

Investors should note that on Sep 23, 2016, Masco Corp announced a cash dividend of $0.1000. The company’s management has announced Oct 12, 2016 as the ex-dividend date and fixed the record date on Oct 14, 2016. The payable date has been fixed on Nov 14, 2016.

Many Wall Street Analysts have commented on Masco Corp. Masco Corp was Initiated by Wells Fargo to “Outperform” on Sep 29, 2016. BofA/Merrill Resumed Masco Corp on Sep 23, 2016 to “Buy”, Price Target of the shares are set at $41.Company shares were Reiterated by RBC Capital Mkts on Jul 27, 2016 to “Outperform”, Firm has raised the Price Target to $ 41 from a previous price target of $35 .

Masco Corporation manufactures distributes and installs home improvement and building products. The Company’s segments include Cabinets and Related Products Plumbing Products Installation and Other Services Decorative Architectural Products and Other Specialty Products. Its Cabinets and Related Products includes assembled kitchen and bath cabinets and home office workstations entertainment centers storage products; bookcases and kitchen utility products. Its Plumbing Products include faucets plumbing fittings and valves showerheads and hand showers bathtubs and shower enclosures toilets and spas. The Installation and Other Services includes the sale installation and distribution of insulation and other building products. Its Decorative Architectural Products include paints and stains and cabinet door window and other hardware. Its Other Specialty Products include windows window frame components and patio doors staple gun tackers staples and other fastening tools.

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