Newell Rubbermaid Inc (NWL): Today's Featured Consumer Durables Laggard

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Newell Rubbermaid ( NWL) pushed the Consumer Durables industry lower today making it today's featured Consumer Durables laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Newell Rubbermaid fell 24 cents (-1%) to $22.99 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.3 million shares of Newell Rubbermaid exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of three million shares. The stock ranged in price between $22.95-$23.29 after having opened the day at $23.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.23. Other companies within the Consumer Durables industry that declined today were: Mattress Firm ( MFRM), down 4.5%, Cobra Electronics Corporation ( COBR), down 4.4%, Whirlpool Corporation ( WHR), down 3.1%, and Manchester United PLC Class A ( MANU), down 2.4%.
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Newell Rubbermaid Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets consumer and commercial products worldwide. Newell Rubbermaid has a market cap of $6.69 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate Newell Rubbermaid a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Newell Rubbermaid as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

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