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Pitney Bowes

(

PBI

) pushed the Consumer Durables industry higher today making it today's featured consumer durables winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Pitney Bowes rose 25 cents (1.7%) to $15.05 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.9 million shares of Pitney Bowes exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.9 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $14.71-$15.10 after having opened the day at $14.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.80. Other companies within the Consumer Durables industry that increased today were:

Mattress Firm

(

MFRM

), up 7.3%,

Herman Miller

(

MLHR

), up 6.6%,

Industrie Natuzzi

(

NTZ

), up 5.7%, and

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Pitney Bowes Inc. provides software, hardware, and services to enable physical and digital communications. It also offers a suite of equipment, supplies, software, services, and solutions for managing and integrating physical and digital communication channels. Pitney Bowes has a market cap of $2.9 billion and is part of the

consumer goods

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.3, above the average consumer durables industry P/E ratio of 4.2 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 22% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is one analyst that rates Pitney Bowes a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Pitney Bowes as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally poor debt management, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing 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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