3 Stocks Pushing The Consumer Durables Industry Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 39 points (-0.3%) at 13,960 as of Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,475 issues advancing vs. 1,392 declining with 148 unchanged.

The Consumer Durables industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. A company within the industry that fell today was HNI Corporation ( HNI), up 2.8%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

3. Sony Corporation ( SNE) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Durables industry higher today. As of noon trading, Sony Corporation is up $0.12 (0.8%) to $14.19 on light volume Thus far, 579,483 shares of Sony Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $14.18-$14.32 after having opened the day at $14.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.07.

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 $14.2 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 4.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 25.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Sony Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sony Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, impressive record of earnings per share growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Sony Corporation Ratings Report now.

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