Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV (PHG): Today's Featured Consumer Durables Winner

Koninklijke Philips Electronics ( PHG) pushed the Consumer Durables industry higher today making it today's featured consumer durables winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.1%. By the end of trading, Koninklijke Philips Electronics rose 33 cents (1.9%) to $18.17 on light volume. Throughout the day, 678,615 shares of Koninklijke Philips Electronics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $17.98-$18.32 after having opened the day at $18.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.84. Other companies within the Consumer Durables industry that increased today were: Champion Industries ( CHMP), up 12.2%, Leapfrog ( LF), up 3.9%, Whirlpool Corporation ( WHR), up 3.8%, and iRobot Corporation ( IRBT), up 3.7%.

Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V. engages in the healthcare, consumer lifestyle, and lighting product businesses worldwide. The company offers screening, diagnosis, treatment, monitoring, and health management services in cardio-pulmonary, oncology, and women's health areas. Koninklijke Philips Electronics has a market cap of $16.34 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 14.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are two analysts that rate Koninklijke Philips Electronics a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Koninklijke Philips Electronics as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Koss Corporation ( KOSS), down 5.2%, Mattress Firm ( MFRM), down 4.6%, Hooker Furniture Corporation ( HOFT), down 2.6%, and Global-Tech Advanced Innovations ( GAI), down 1.6%, were all losers within the consumer durables industry with VeriFone Systems ( PAY) 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).
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