VeriFone Systems Inc. (PAY): Today's Featured Consumer Durables Laggard

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VeriFone Systems ( PAY) pushed the Consumer Durables industry lower today making it today's featured Consumer Durables laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.3%. By the end of trading, VeriFone Systems fell $13.65 (-42.8%) to $18.24 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 49.3 million shares of VeriFone Systems exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $17.93-$20.95 after having opened the day at $19.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.89. Other companies within the Consumer Durables industry that declined today were: Global-Tech Advanced Innovations ( GAI), down 13.3%, Cobra Electronics Corporation ( COBR), down 5%, Nautilus Group ( NLS), down 4%, and Sensata Technologies Holding N.V ( ST), down 3.9%.
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Verifone Systems, Inc. designs, markets, and services electronic payment solutions worldwide. VeriFone Systems has a market cap of $3.57 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 56, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate VeriFone Systems a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates VeriFone Systems as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, Stanley Furniture Company ( STLY), up 4.8%, La-Z-Boy ( LZB), up 3.4%, Black Diamond ( BDE), up 2.2%, and Steinway Musical Instruments ( LVB), up 1.9%, were all gainers within the consumer durables industry with Fortune Brands Home & Security ( FBHS) 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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