4 Stocks Pushing The Consumer Durables Industry Lower

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 57 points (-0.4%) at 13,942 as of Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, 12:05 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,301 issues advancing vs. 1,576 declining with 144 unchanged.

The Consumer Durables industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. A company within the industry that fell today was HNI Corporation ( HNI), up 2.8%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

4. Fortune Brands Home & Security ( FBHS) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Durables industry lower today. As of noon trading, Fortune Brands Home & Security is down $0.22 (-0.6%) to $33.91 on average volume Thus far, 568,037 shares of Fortune Brands Home & Security exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.62-$34.34 after having opened the day at $34.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.13.

Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc. provides home and security products for use in residential home repair, remodeling, new construction, and security and storage applications. Fortune Brands Home & Security has a market cap of $5.4 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 37.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Fortune Brands Home & Security a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fortune Brands Home & Security as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. Get the full Fortune Brands Home & Security Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Pitney Bowes ( PBI) is down $0.18 (-1.4%) to $13.09 on light volume Thus far, 508,450 shares of Pitney Bowes exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $13.07-$13.34 after having opened the day at $13.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.27.

Pitney Bowes Inc. provides software, hardware, and services to enable physical and digital communications. It also offers a suite of equipment, supplies, software, services, and solutions for managing and integrating physical and digital communication channels. Pitney Bowes has a market cap of $2.6 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 24.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Pitney Bowes a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Pitney Bowes as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Pitney Bowes Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, VeriFone Systems ( PAY) is down $0.42 (-2.2%) to $18.50 on average volume Thus far, 2.4 million shares of VeriFone Systems exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $18.46-$19.15 after having opened the day at $19.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.92.

Verifone Systems, Inc. designs, markets, and services electronic payment solutions worldwide. VeriFone Systems has a market cap of $2.0 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 30.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 36.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate VeriFone Systems a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 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. Get the full VeriFone Systems Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Hasbro ( HAS) is down $0.25 (-0.6%) to $40.88 on average volume Thus far, 1.0 million shares of Hasbro exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.86-$41.49 after having opened the day at $41.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.13.

Hasbro, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the provision of children's and family leisure time products and services worldwide. Hasbro has a market cap of $5.3 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Hasbro a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hasbro as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Hasbro 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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