Sony Corporation (SNE): Today's Featured Consumer Durables Winner

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Sony Corporation ( SNE) pushed the Consumer Durables industry higher today making it today's featured consumer durables winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.9%. By the end of trading, Sony Corporation rose 65 cents (5.1%) to $13.35 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 7.9 million shares of Sony Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of three million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $13.11-$13.38 after having opened the day at $13.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.70. Other companies within the Consumer Durables industry that increased today were: Manchester United PLC Class A ( MANU), up 7.5%, Global-Tech Advanced Innovations ( GAI), up 5.8%, Furniture Brands International ( FBN), up 5.6%, and Marine Products Corporation ( MPX), up 5.6%.
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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 $12.75 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 3.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is one analyst that rates Sony Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and one 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.

On the negative front, SGOCO Group ( SGOC), down 6.4%, Elecsys Corporation ( ESYS), down 4%, Canon ( CAJ), down 3.5%, and Johnson Outdoors ( JOUT), down 3%, were all laggards within the consumer durables industry with Xerox Corporation ( XRX) being today's consumer durables industry laggard.

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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