SOURCE: Wall Street Equity Research

Wall Street Equity Research

September 20, 2010 09:00 ET

Analyst Study on Owens Corning and USG - Uncertainties and Weaknesses Prevail

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The General Building Materials sector has been hit hard by the recent struggles in the residential and commercial housing markets. With 2010 on track to be the third year in a row with under 1,000,000 new houses under-construction, residential building levels have been at historic lows. This hurts the general building materials industry that makes a large portion of its profits supplying the materials needed to build new houses. is a specialized website where investors can have specific access to complimentary reports on general building materials industry; traders looking for analysis on Owens Corning, USG Corp. and other players in the industry are welcomed to sign up for free at

To offset some of this loss, companies have raised prices on commercial materials. However, with banks hesitant to lend money for commercial construction projects, this segment of business could soon be hurting as well. One potential reason for the low house start levels is the 10% increase in building cost for new homes. This compared to the 10-15% decrease in new home values makes it easy to see why many people are opting not to build. Visit us at to understand the catalysts and forces driving or affecting companies in the general building materials industry.

President Barrack Obama's proposed $50 billion highway stimulus plan could help the struggling General Building Materials industry. With the highway stimulus segment of the $814 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act slated to run out next year, this new proposal should help pick up some of the slack anticipated throughout the industry. However, many companies are not raising their forecasts as state highway spending has fallen since the stimulus went into effect. The newest proposal still needs to be approved by congress.

Despite the weaknesses within the industry that have brought a sharp drop in share prices of companies like USG Corp., some companies like Owens Corning are still performing. Investors can register today at or to download the full reports on Owens Corning and USG Corp.

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