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 0.4%. By the end of trading, Newell Rubbermaid rose 52 cents (2.9%) to $18.64 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.6 million shares of Newell Rubbermaid exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of three million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $17.97-$18.72 after having opened the day at $17.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.12. Other companies within the Consumer Durables industry that increased today were: Leapfrog ( LF), up 9.1%, Universal Electronics ( UEIC), up 7.6%, Generac Holdings ( GNRC), up 6.7%, and Chromcraft Revington ( CRC), up 4.9%.

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 $5.25 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 38.6, below the average consumer durables industry P/E ratio of 43.1 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Newell Rubbermaid a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and one rates 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, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front, LSI Industries ( LYTS), down 6.2%, LJ International ( JADE), down 6.2%, US Home Systems ( USHS), down 4.5%, and Cascade Microtech ( CSCD), 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).
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