3 Stocks Pushing The Consumer Durables Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 29 points (-0.2%) at 13,063 as of Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, 1:04 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,300 issues advancing vs. 1,619 declining with 124 unchanged.

The Consumer Durables industry currently sits up 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. A company within the industry that fell today was Panasonic Corporation ( PC), up 5.0%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

3. Generac Holdings ( GNRC) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Durables industry higher today. As of noon trading, Generac Holdings is up $2.31 (6.7%) to $36.66 on heavy volume Thus far, 2.2 million shares of Generac Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 402,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.91-$37.45 after having opened the day at $35.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.35.

Generac Holdings Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets a range of generators and other engine powered products for the residential, light commercial, industrial, and construction markets in the United States and Canada. Generac Holdings has a market cap of $2.3 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 22.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Generac Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Generac Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Generac Holdings Ratings Report now.

2. As of noon trading, Hasbro ( HAS) is up $0.57 (1.6%) to $36.15 on light volume Thus far, 733,741 shares of Hasbro exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.73-$36.34 after having opened the day at $35.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.58.

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 $4.7 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Hasbro a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hasbro as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Hasbro Ratings Report now.

1. As of noon trading, Xerox Corporation ( XRX) is up $0.06 (0.9%) to $6.53 on light volume Thus far, 3.0 million shares of Xerox Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $6.38-$6.58 after having opened the day at $6.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $6.47.

Xerox Corporation provides business process and information technology (IT) outsourcing, and document management services worldwide. Xerox Corporation has a market cap of $8.5 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 18.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Xerox Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Xerox Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year. Get the full Xerox Corporation Ratings Report now.

If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, 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).

A reminder about TheStreet Ratings group: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.
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