3 Stocks Pushing The Consumer Durables Industry Lower

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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 17 points (-0.1%) at 12,949 as of Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,707 issues advancing vs. 1,183 declining with 148 unchanged.

The Consumer Durables industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.0%.

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

3. Sony Corporation ( SNE) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Durables industry lower today. As of noon trading, Sony Corporation is down $0.08 (-0.9%) to $9.82 on average volume Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Sony Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $9.77-$9.89 after having opened the day at $9.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.90.

Sony Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, and sells electronic equipment, instruments, and devices for consumer, professional, and industrial markets worldwide. Sony Corporation has a market cap of $10.1 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 2.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 44.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Sony Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sony Corporation as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and generally high debt management risk. Get the full Sony Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Beam ( BEAM) is down $0.45 (-0.8%) to $53.98 on heavy volume Thus far, 722,835 shares of Beam exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 707,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $53.85-$54.68 after having opened the day at $54.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.43.

Beam Inc. produces and sells branded distilled spirits products worldwide. Beam has a market cap of $8.8 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Beam a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Beam as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, impressive record of earnings per share growth 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. Get the full Beam Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Whirlpool Corporation ( WHR) is down $0.62 (-0.6%) to $100.36 on average volume Thus far, 576,437 shares of Whirlpool Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $99.59-$102.05 after having opened the day at $101.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $100.99.

Whirlpool Corporation engages in the manufacture and marketing of home appliances worldwide. Its principal products include laundry appliances, refrigerators and freezers, cooking appliances, dishwashers, mixers, and other portable household appliances. Whirlpool Corporation has a market cap of $8.0 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 116.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Whirlpool Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Whirlpool Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Whirlpool Corporation Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 5 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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