Newell Rubbermaid Inc (NWL): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Winner

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Newell Rubbermaid ( NWL) pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today making it today's featured consumer goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Newell Rubbermaid rose 25 cents (1%) to $24.19 on light volume. Throughout the day, two million shares of Newell Rubbermaid exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $23.80-$24.19 after having opened the day at $23.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.94. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that increased today were: Avon Products ( AVP), up 20.3%, SkyPeople Fruit Juice ( SPU), up 10.7%, SORL Auto Parts ( SORL), up 9%, and DS Healthcare Group ( DSKX), up 8.2%.
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Newell Rubbermaid Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets consumer and commercial products worldwide. Newell Rubbermaid has a market cap of $6.94 billion and is part of the consumer durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.2, below 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 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 revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, notable return on equity and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

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