Hasbro Inc. (HAS): Today's Featured Consumer Durables Laggard

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Hasbro ( HAS) pushed the Consumer Durables industry lower today making it today's featured Consumer Durables laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Hasbro fell $1.55 (-3.9%) to $37.75 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 3.8 million shares of Hasbro exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $37.61-$38.33 after having opened the day at $38.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.30. Other companies within the Consumer Durables industry that declined today were: Kimball International ( KBALB), down 6%, Industrie Natuzzi ( NTZ), down 4.7%, SGOCO Group ( SGOC), down 3.3%, and Mad Catz Interactive ( MCZ), down 3.1%.
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Hasbro, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the provision of children's and family leisure time products and services worldwide. Hasbro has a market cap of $4.92 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.6, above the average consumer durables industry P/E ratio of 14.4 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 23.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are two analysts that rate Hasbro a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hasbro as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, Appliance Recycling Centers ( ARCI), up 3.8%, Blount International ( BLT), up 3.3%, Steelcase ( SCS), up 3.2%, and Ethan Allen Interiors ( ETH), up 3.1%, 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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