Newell Rubbermaid Inc (NWL): Today's Featured Consumer Durables Winner

Newell Rubbermaid ( NWL) pushed the Consumer Durables industry higher today making it today's featured consumer durables winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1%. By the end of trading, Newell Rubbermaid rose 61 cents (3.4%) to $18.57 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 4.8 million shares of Newell Rubbermaid exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $18.39-$18.96 after having opened the day at $18.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.96. Other companies within the Consumer Durables industry that increased today were: Cobra Electronics Corporation ( COBR), up 14.7%, Entertainment Gaming Asia ( EGT), up 13%, Fortune Brands Home & Security ( FBHS), up 9.2%, and Elecsys Corporation ( ESYS), up 6%.

Newell Rubbermaid Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets consumer and commercial products. It operates in three segments: Home & Family, Office Products, and Tools, Hardware & Commercial Products. Newell Rubbermaid has a market cap of $5.18 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 39.7, below the average consumer durables industry P/E ratio of 42.5 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate Newell Rubbermaid a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Newell Rubbermaid as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Callaway Golf Company ( ELY), down 14.3%, Leggett & Platt ( LEG), down 7.1%, SGOCO Group ( SGOC), down 4.5%, and Mad Catz Interactive ( MCZ), down 3.6%, were all losers within the consumer durables industry with Xerox Corporation ( XRX) 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).