VeriFone Systems Inc. (PAY): Today's Featured Consumer Durables Laggard

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VeriFone Systems ( PAY) pushed the Consumer Durables industry lower today making it today's featured Consumer Durables laggard. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, VeriFone Systems fell 55 cents (-1.9%) to $28.90 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.9 million shares of VeriFone Systems exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $28.60-$29.89 after having opened the day at $29.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.45. Other companies within the Consumer Durables industry that declined today were: Appliance Recycling Centers ( ARCI), down 25%, SGOCO Group ( SGOC), down 21.1%, Ballantyne Strong ( BTN), down 8.7%, and Industrie Natuzzi ( NTZ), down 4.8%.
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Verifone Systems, Inc. designs, markets, and services electronic payment solutions in North America and internationally. VeriFone Systems has a market cap of $3.19 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 17.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate VeriFone Systems a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates VeriFone Systems as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, Global-Tech Advanced Innovations ( GAI), up 10.6%, Universal Electronics ( UEIC), up 7.9%, La-Z-Boy ( LZB), up 5%, and Entertainment Gaming Asia ( EGT), up 3.8%, were all gainers within the consumer durables industry with Clorox Company ( CLX) 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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