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Beam Inc (BEAM): Today's Featured Consumer Durables Laggard

Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

Beam (BEAM) pushed the Consumer Durables industry lower today making it today's featured Consumer Durables laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 2.2%. By the end of trading, Beam fell 78 cents (-1.4%) to $56.53 on average volume. Throughout the day, 796,892 shares of Beam exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 617,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $56.51-$57.70 after having opened the day at $57.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.31. Other companies within the Consumer Durables industry that declined today were: Mad Catz Interactive (MCZ), down 4.9%, Chromcraft Revington (CRC), down 3%, Manchester United PLC Class A (MANU), down 2.9%, and Hooker Furniture Corporation (HOFT), down 2.8%.

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Beam Inc. engages in producing and selling branded distilled spirits products worldwide. Beam has a market cap of $9.27 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Currently there are five analysts that rate Beam a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Beam as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, House of Taylor Jewelry Incorporated (HOTJ), up 175%, Appliance Recycling Centers (ARCI), up 4.4%, Nautilus Group (NLS), up 4.1%, and Virco Manufacturing Corporation (VIRC), up 3.7%, were all gainers within the consumer durables industry with VeriFone Systems (PAY) being today's featured consumer durables industry leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the consumer durables industry could consider Consumer Discretionary Sel Sec SPDR (XLY) while those bearish on the consumer durables industry could consider ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Goods (SZK).

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