Fossil Inc. (FOSL): Today's Featured Consumer Durables Laggard

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Fossil ( FOSL) pushed the Consumer Durables industry lower today making it today's featured Consumer Durables laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Fossil fell $2.46 (-2.3%) to $103.49 on average volume. Throughout the day, 875,832 shares of Fossil exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 789,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $101.61-$104.77 after having opened the day at $103.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $105.95. Other companies within the Consumer Durables industry that declined today were: Select Comfort Corporation ( SCSS), down 3.6%, WMS Industries ( WMS), down 3.6%, Global-Tech Advanced Innovations ( GAI), down 3.4%, and Chromcraft Revington ( CRC), down 2.3%.
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Fossil, Inc. designs, develops, markets, and distributes consumer fashion accessories worldwide. Fossil has a market cap of $6.3 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are five analysts that rate Fossil a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fossil as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the positive front, Kid Brands ( KID), up 5%, Furniture Brands International ( FBN), up 4.4%, Whirlpool Corporation ( WHR), up 3.6%, and Ballantyne Strong ( BTN), up 3.3%, were all gainers within the consumer durables industry with VeriFone Systems ( PAY) 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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