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Whirlpool Corporation



) pushed the Consumer Durables industry lower today making it today's featured Consumer Durables laggard. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Whirlpool Corporation fell $2.75 (-2.2%) to $119.25 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2,428,977 shares of Whirlpool Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,197,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $112.56-$120.46 after having opened the day at $116.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $122.00. Other companies within the Consumer Durables industry that declined today were:

Chromcraft Revington



), down 9.0%,

Elecsys Corporation



), down 5.5%,

Ethan Allen Interiors



), down 5.5% and




), down 5.1%.

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Whirlpool Corporation engages in the manufacture and marketing of home appliances worldwide. The company's principal products include laundry appliances, refrigerators and freezers, cooking appliances, dishwashers, mixers, and other portable household appliances. Whirlpool Corporation has a market cap of $9.3 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 19.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Whirlpool Corporation as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front,

iRobot Corporation



), down 13.7%,

Universal Electronics



), down 8.4%,

Furniture Brands International



), down 5.9% and




), down 4.8% , were all gainers within the consumer durables industry with

Select Comfort Corporation



) being today's featured consumer durables industry leader.

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Consumer Discretionary Sel Sec SPDR



) while those bearish on the consumer durables industry could consider

ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Goods




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