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Fossil

(

FOSL

) pushed the Consumer Durables industry lower today making it today's featured Consumer Durables laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.9%. By the end of trading, Fossil fell $1.23 (-1.4%) to $86.78 on light volume. Throughout the day, one million shares of Fossil exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $86.67-$88.13 after having opened the day at $87.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $88.01. Other companies within the Consumer Durables industry that declined today were:

Global-Tech Advanced Innovations

(

GAI

), down 11.3%,

Industrie Natuzzi

(

NTZ

), down 9.3%,

Bassett Furniture Industries

(

BSET

), down 5.6%, and

Hooker Furniture Corporation

(

HOFT

), down 5.4%.

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Fossil, Inc. designs, develops, markets, and distributes consumer fashion accessories worldwide. Fossil has a market cap of $5.41 billion and is part of the

consumer goods

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.3, below the average consumer durables industry P/E ratio of 18.7 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are five analysts that rate Fossil a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fossil as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

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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