Beam

(

BEAM

) pushed the Consumer Durables industry higher today making it today's featured consumer durables winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Beam rose $1.18 (2.1%) to $57.54 on average volume. Throughout the day, 750,485 shares of Beam exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 997,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $56.27-$57.57 after having opened the day at $56.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.36. Other companies within the Consumer Durables industry that increased today were:

Entertainment Gaming Asia

(

EGT

), up 9.1%,

Cobra Electronics Corporation

(

COBR

), up 4.5%,

LSI Industries

(

LYTS

), up 4.5%, and

Nautilus Group

(

NLS

), up 4.1%.

Beam Inc. engages in producing and selling branded distilled spirits products worldwide. Beam has a market cap of $8.97 billion and is part of the

consumer goods

sector. Currently there are four analysts that rate Beam a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three 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 negative front,

Champion Industries

(

CHMP

), down 11.8%,

LJ International

(

JADE

), down 8.5%,

Chromcraft Revington

(

CRC

), down 4.2%, and

Emerson Radio

(

MSN

), down 3.8%, were all losers within the consumer durables industry with

Xerox Corporation

(

XRX

) being today's consumer durables industry loser.

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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