Tempur-Pedic International Inc

(

TPX

) pushed the Consumer Durables industry lower today making it today's featured Consumer Durables loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, Tempur-Pedic International Inc fell $4.24 (-8%) to $48.93 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.5 million shares of Tempur-Pedic International Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $48.60-$53.34 after having opened the day at $53.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.17. Other company's within the Consumer Durables industry that declined today were:

Entertainment Gaming Asia Inc

(

EGT

), down 7.6%,

Sturm Ruger & Company

(

RGR

), down 5.8%,

Industrie Natuzzi

(

NTZ

), down 5.2%, and

Select Comfort Corporation

(

SCSS

), down 5%.

Tempur Pedic International Inc. manufactures, markets, and distributes bedding products in North America and internationally. Its products include pillows, mattresses, and adjustable beds, as well as various cushions and other comfort products. Tempur-Pedic International Inc has a market cap of $3.66 billion and is part of the

consumer goods

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.8, below the average consumer durables industry P/E ratio of 18.5 and equal to the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 32.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Tempur-Pedic International as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated.

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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