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Pitney Bowes



) pushed the Consumer Durables industry higher today making it today's featured consumer durables winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Pitney Bowes rose $0.72 (3.1%) to $23.77 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,789,819 shares of Pitney Bowes exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,270,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $22.97-$23.84 after having opened the day at $23.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.05. Other companies within the Consumer Durables industry that increased today were:

Mattress Firm



), up 5.8%,




), up 3.6%,

Eastman Kodak Company



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), up 3.3% and

Flexsteel Industries



), up 3.1%.

Pitney Bowes Inc. provides software, hardware, and services to enable physical and digital communications in the United States and internationally. Pitney Bowes has a market cap of $4.7 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 116.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Pitney Bowes a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Pitney Bowes

as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front,

Elecsys Corporation



), down 3.5%,

Acme United Corporation



), down 2.2%,

Natuzzi SPA



), down 2.0% and




), down 1.6%.

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



) while those bearish on the consumer durables industry could consider

ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Goods




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