Sensata Technologies Holding N.V. (ST): Today's Featured Consumer Durables Laggard

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Sensata Technologies Holding N.V ( ST) 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, Sensata Technologies Holding N.V fell 75 cents (-2.2%) to $32.79 on light volume. Throughout the day, 773,241 shares of Sensata Technologies Holding N.V exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $32.76-$33.19 after having opened the day at $33.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.54. Other companies within the Consumer Durables industry that declined today were: Chromcraft Revington ( CRC), down 15%, Furniture Brands International ( FBN), down 4.4%, Lifetime Brands ( LCUT), down 4.2%, and Fossil ( FOSL), down 2.9%.
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Sensata Technologies Holding N.V, through its subsidiaries, engages in the development, manufacture, and sale of sensors and controls primarily in the Americas, the Asia Pacific, and Europe. The company operates in two segments, Sensors and Controls. Sensata Technologies Holding N.V has a market cap of $5.98 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 34.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are five analysts that rate Sensata Technologies Holding N.V a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sensata Technologies Holding N.V as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, Virco Manufacturing Corporation ( VIRC), up 5%, Elecsys Corporation ( ESYS), up 3.9%, Nautilus Group ( NLS), up 3.7%, and Manchester United PLC Class A ( MANU), up 3.2%, were all gainers within the consumer durables industry with Tempur-Pedic International ( TPX) 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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