Hasbro Inc. (HAS): Today's Featured Consumer Durables Laggard

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Hasbro ( HAS) pushed the Consumer Durables industry lower today making it today's featured Consumer Durables laggard. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Hasbro fell 50 cents (-1.2%) to $40.02 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.5 million shares of Hasbro exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of two million shares. The stock ranged in price between $40-$40.68 after having opened the day at $40.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.52. Other companies within the Consumer Durables industry that declined today were: Furniture Brands International ( FBN), down 8.1%, Emerson Radio ( MSN), down 5.2%, Gaming Partners International Corporation ( GPIC), down 3.9%, and Hooker Furniture Corporation ( HOFT), down 3.2%.
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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 $5.2 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are two analysts that rate Hasbro a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and five 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.

On the positive front, Appliance Recycling Centers ( ARCI), up 10.9%, Acme United Corporation ( ACU), up 3.2%, Industrie Natuzzi ( NTZ), up 2.3%, and Entertainment Gaming Asia ( EGT), up 2.1%, were all gainers within the consumer durables industry with Sony Corporation ( SNE) 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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