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HCN Stock Watch: The growth goes on

BY HBSDEALER Staff

HCN Top 30 stocks continued posting gains at Thursday’s close, with the Dow and Nasdaq up 0.83% and 1.36%, respectively.

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Masco reports increase in Q2 sales

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Masco posted a strong second quarter, reporting a sales increase of 10% to $2.1 billion, compared with $1.9 billion in the second quarter of 2012. North American sales increased 11%.

Income from continuing operations was $0.23 per common share compared with a loss of $0.15 per common share in the second quarter of 2012. 

“All operating segments contributed to both top and bottom line growth, accelerated by the strength of new home construction in North America and the successful execution of new product and program introductions at retail,” according to the company.

“We are very pleased with our second-quarter 2013 results, certainly one of the strongest quarters since the downturn and a continuation of the momentum which started for us in the fourth quarter of 2012,” said Masco’s president and CEO, Tim Wadhams. “Top- and bottom-line growth was delivered by each of our segments in the second quarter against a backdrop of continued growth in North American new home construction and new product introductions.”

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Survey: Practicality rules the day when it comes to outdoor DIY trends

BY HBSDealer Staff

The Home Projects Council, a recently formed panel of 10 home improvement experts, surveyed more than 1,200 homeowners planning home improvement projects in 2013. The findings: Functional utility rules the day when it comes to outdoor DIY projects.

Specifically, 57% of respondents reported that functional value was their most important consideration, compared with 28.3% who valued aesthetics and 14.7% who weighed price above all.

Green thumbs also had their moment when it came to "most desirable projects," with 49.1% favoring "plant a garden." The overwhelming majority (71.4%) were "very likely" to try this themselves.

Comparitively, projects respondents considered too difficult to do themselves included "build an outdoor kitchen;" "install a garden pond;" "pour concrete slabs for patios, steps or sidewalks;" and "resurface concrete driveway, sidewalk or patio."

Of the sample surveyed, 80% had household incomes from $50,000 to $250,000, with 36.6% claiming beginner-level skills, 54.8% considering themselves intermediate and 8.6% touting an expert level of skill.

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