Tempur-Pedic International

(

TPX

) pushed the Consumer Durables industry higher today making it today's featured consumer durables winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Tempur-Pedic International rose $1.87 (4%) to $48.97 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.4 million shares of Tempur-Pedic International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $48.19-$50.84 after having opened the day at $48.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.10. Other companies within the Consumer Durables industry that increased today were:

Mattress Firm

(

MFRM

), up 8.1%,

Chromcraft Revington

(

CRC

), up 7.8%,

Entertainment Gaming Asia

(

EGT

), up 5.9%, and

Select Comfort Corporation

(

SCSS

), up 5.5%.

Tempur-Pedic International Inc. engages in the manufacture, marketing, and distribution of bedding products in North America and internationally. It offers mattresses, pillows, and adjustable bed bases, as well as various cushions and other comfort products. Tempur-Pedic International has a market cap of $3.1 billion and is part of the

consumer goods

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.2, below the average consumer durables industry P/E ratio of 14.5 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 10.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Tempur-Pedic International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

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, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front,

Champion Industries

(

CHMP

), down 18.3%,

VeriFone Systems

(

PAY

), down 15.5%,

Elecsys Corporation

(

ESYS

), down 6.8%, and

Virco Manufacturing Corporation

(

VIRC

), down 6.1%, were all losers within the consumer durables industry with

Harman International Industries

(

HAR

) being today's consumer durables industry loser.

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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