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American/Hungerford Building Products, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Masco Corporation (MAS) recently announced its plans to expand into Rochester, N.Y.

American/Hungerford is a part of Masco Contractor Services and offers various forms of insulation installations such as popular batt, gutter installation and gutter protection services and blow applications. The company serves both homebuilders and homeowners. Expansion in the New York area will further broaden the company’s client base.

Recently, other Masco Contractor Services units, Williams Insulation and Red Lion Insulation also announced their expansion plans. Williams Insulation plans to expand into Lake Charles, La. while Red Lion Insulation plans to expand into Farmingdale, N.J. Both the companies offer various forms of insulation installations such as fiberglass batt, blown fiberglass, spray foam and cellulose.

Masco manufactures, sells and installs home improvement and building products.It is scheduled to report its second quarter 2013 earnings results on Jul 30, 2013. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the quarter stands at 19 cents per share. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2013 is 69 cents while that for fiscal 2014 is $1.02 per share.

Masco carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

We are encouraged by Masco’s continued focus on product innovation and cost improvements. The company is benefiting from new home construction and repair and remodel activities. However, weak consumer spending on big ticket remodeling and a sluggish European economy remain headwinds.

Other stocks in the construction sector that are performing well and deserve a mention include PulteGroup, Inc. (PHM), D R Horton, Inc. (DHI), and USG Corporation (USG). PulteGroup and DR Horton carry a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) whereas USG Corporation carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).

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