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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2. As of noon trading, Tempur-Pedic International ( TPX) is up $0.65 (1.8%) to $37.70 on average volume Thus far, 728,113 shares of Tempur-Pedic International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $36.50-$37.97 after having opened the day at $37.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.05.

Tempur-Pedic International Inc. engages in the manufacture, marketing, and distribution of bedding products in North America and internationally. It offers mattresses, pillows, and adjustable bed bases, as well as various cushions and other comfort products. Tempur-Pedic International has a market cap of $2.1 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Tempur-Pedic International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Tempur-Pedic International as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, premium valuation and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Tempur-Pedic International Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Clorox Company ( CLX) is up $0.40 (0.5%) to $83.53 on light volume Thus far, 261,587 shares of Clorox Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 925,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $83.16-$83.68 after having opened the day at $83.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $83.13.

The Clorox Company manufactures and markets consumer and professional products worldwide. Clorox Company has a market cap of $10.8 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Clorox Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Clorox Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Clorox Company Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, 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).

A reminder about TheStreet Ratings group: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

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