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Newell Rubbermaid

(

NWL

) pushed the Consumer Durables industry higher today making it today's featured consumer durables winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.7%. By the end of trading, Newell Rubbermaid rose $0.63 (2.1%) to $30.90 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 6,152,817 shares of Newell Rubbermaid exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,867,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $29.59-$31.13 after having opened the day at $29.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.27. Other companies within the Consumer Durables industry that increased today were:

Manchester United

(

MANU

), up 5.9%,

Fortune Brands Home & Security

(

FBHS

), up 4.3%,

Cobra Electronics Corporation

(

COBR

), up 3.8% and

Natuzzi SPA

(

NTZ

), up 3.7%.

Newell Rubbermaid Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets consumer and commercial products worldwide. It operates in five segments: Commercial Products, Tools, Writing, Home Solutions, and Baby & Parenting. Newell Rubbermaid has a market cap of $8.7 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 6.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Newell Rubbermaid a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Newell Rubbermaid

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front,

Johnson Outdoors

(

JOUT

), down 9.4%,

Hooker Furniture Corporation

(

HOFT

), down 5.2%,

Bassett Furniture Industries

(

BSET

), down 3.6% and

Hasbro

(

HAS

), down 3.4% , were all laggards within the consumer durables industry with

Mattel

(

MAT

) being today's consumer durables industry laggard.

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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