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

Newell Rubbermaid ( NWL) pushed the Consumer Durables industry lower today making it today's featured Consumer Durables loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.9%. By the end of trading, Newell Rubbermaid fell 28 cents (-1.5%) to $18.36 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.5 million shares of Newell Rubbermaid exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $17.99-$18.48 after having opened the day at $18.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.64. Other company's within the Consumer Durables industry that declined today were: Fossil ( FOSL), down 37.6%, Entertainment Gaming Asia ( EGT), down 14.4%, Elecsys Corporation ( ESYS), down 10.7%, and Movado Group ( MOV), down 9.7%.

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 $5.38 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 37.9, below the average consumer durables industry P/E ratio of 44.2 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 15.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 positive front, Generac Holdings ( GNRC), up 25.4%, LSI Industries ( LYTS), up 5.7%, Black Diamond ( BDE), up 3.6%, and Leapfrog ( LF), up 3.2%, were all gainers within the consumer durables industry with iRobot Corporation ( IRBT) being today's featured consumer durables industry winner.

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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