Clorox Company (CLX): Today's Featured Consumer Durables Laggard

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Clorox Company ( CLX) pushed the Consumer Durables industry lower today making it today's featured Consumer Durables laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 2.5%. By the end of trading, Clorox Company fell $1.36 (-1.9%) to $70.59 on average volume. Throughout the day, 986,282 shares of Clorox Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 754,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $70.45-$72.34 after having opened the day at $72.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.95. Other companies within the Consumer Durables industry that declined today were: Global-Tech Advanced Innovations ( GAI), down 6.1%, Black Diamond ( BDE), down 4.8%, SGOCO Group ( SGOC), down 4.1%, and Cybex International ( CYBI), down 4%.
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The Clorox Company manufactures and markets consumer and professional products worldwide. Clorox Company has a market cap of $9.29 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.5, equal to the average consumer durables industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Clorox Company a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Clorox Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in stock price during the past year, expanding profit margins and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Virco Manufacturing Corporation ( VIRC), up 77.7%, Furniture Brands International ( FBN), up 37.4%, Kid Brands ( KID), up 13.6%, and LSI Industries ( LYTS), up 6.7%, were all gainers within the consumer durables industry with Fossil ( FOSL) being today's featured consumer durables industry leader.

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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