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Whirlpool Corporation

(

WHR

) 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, Whirlpool Corporation rose $3.67 (2.6%) to $146.75 on light volume. Throughout the day, 760,478 shares of Whirlpool Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,212,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $143.54-$147.12 after having opened the day at $143.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $143.08. Other companies within the Consumer Durables industry that increased today were:

Kid Brands

(

KID

), up 15.6%,

Eastman Kodak Company

(

KODK

), up 11.2%,

Koss Corporation

(

KOSS

), up 6.6% and

Callaway Golf Company

(

ELY

), up 6.2%.

Whirlpool Corporation manufactures and markets home appliances and related products 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 $11.1 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 8.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Whirlpool Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Whirlpool Corporation

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front,

EveryWare Global

(

EVRY

), down 53.3%,

Emerson Radio

(

MSN

), down 3.2%,

Stanley Furniture Company

(

STLY

), down 2.5% and

Harbinger Group

(

HRG

), down 2.0%.

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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