Brunswick Corporation (BC): Today's Featured Consumer Durables Loser

Brunswick Corporation ( BC) pushed the Consumer Durables industry lower today making it today's featured Consumer Durables loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Brunswick Corporation fell 56 cents (-2.3%) to $23.94 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.7 million shares of Brunswick Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $23.83-$24.57 after having opened the day at $24.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.50. Other company's within the Consumer Durables industry that declined today were: Entertainment Gaming Asia ( EGT), down 14.2%, Sony Corporation ( SNE), down 7.8%, Deer Consumer Products ( DEER), down 7.1%, and Flexsteel Industries ( FLXS), down 5.4%.

Brunswick Corporation designs, manufactures, and markets recreation products worldwide. Brunswick Corporation has a market cap of $2.13 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.2, equal to the average consumer durables industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 32% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate Brunswick Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Brunswick Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated.

On the positive front, LJ International ( JADE), up 14.9%, Select Comfort Corporation ( SCSS), up 5.4%, Virco Manufacturing Corporation ( VIRC), up 5.3%, and Tempur-Pedic International ( TPX), up 4.8%, were all gainers within the consumer durables industry with Whirlpool Corporation ( WHR) 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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