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Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc (FBHS): 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.

Fortune Brands Home & Security (FBHS) pushed the Consumer Durables industry lower today making it today's featured Consumer Durables laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Fortune Brands Home & Security fell 73 cents (-2.6%) to $27.71 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2.5 million shares of Fortune Brands Home & Security exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $27.60-$28.90 after having opened the day at $28.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.44. Other companies within the Consumer Durables industry that declined today were: Callaway Golf Company (ELY), down 8.1%, Emerson Radio (MSN), down 6.9%, Kid Brands (KID), down 5.2%, and SGOCO Group (SGOC), down 4.5%.

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Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc. provides home and security products for use in residential home repair, remodeling, new construction, and security and storage applications. Fortune Brands Home & Security has a market cap of $4.69 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 71.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are two analysts that rate Fortune Brands Home & Security a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fortune Brands Home & Security as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's earnings per share has not been good.

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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