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May 27, 2011 08:51 ET

Analyst Research on Masco Corp. and Louisiana-Pacific Corp. -- Lumber, Wood Production Sector Fallen on Hard Times

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA--(Marketwire - May 27, 2011) - offers investors comprehensive research on the Lumber, Wood Production industry and has completed analytical research on Masco Corp. (NYSE: MAS) and Louisiana-Pacific Corp. (NYSE: LPX). Register with us today at to have free access to these researches.

The Lumber, Wood Production sector has been struggling for some time now. The primary culprit has been the severe decrease in the number of housing projects taking place since the housing crisis. After a near decade of what experts have called overbuilding, the demand for new houses is low. Potential builders have also been thrown by the continually falling valuation of homes. Register now at to have free access to our reports on the Lumber, Wood Production industry. is an online platform where investors doing their due-diligence on the Lumber, Wood Production industry can have easy and free access to our analyst research and opinions on Masco Corp. and Louisiana-Pacific Corp.; all investors need to do is register for a complimentary membership at

For 2011, housing starts grew from April to March but are still below 2010 levels. For companies in the sector that also make home furnishings, throw in the downward pressure on margins that has resulted from rising materials costs and the situation really appears grim. Visit to see how companies in this industry have grown over the past years and how they are expected to perform in the future.

To stay afloat, companies in the sector have tried several different strategies. One has been to pare back on expenses, including payroll. Masco Corp., for example, reported a workforce of 32,500 on Dec. 31st last year compared to 65,000 employees in 2006. Investors looking for free research on Masco Corp. are welcome to sign up at

Other companies in the sector, in an effort to expand their struggling sales, are looking to emerging markets. In China, for instance, large amounts of construction have raised a ravenous demand for construction materials. While a small part of their business, Louisiana-Pacific Corp. hopes to increase its Chinese volumes between eight and ten-folds. Other markets like South America have also performed well. Investors looking for free research on Louisiana-Pacific Corp. are welcome to sign up at

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