Newell Rubbermaid Inc (NWL): Today's Featured Consumer Durables Mover

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Newell Rubbermaid ( NWL) pushed the Consumer Durables industry higher today making it today's featured consumer durables winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Newell Rubbermaid rose 40 cents (1.6%) to $25.59 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.6 million shares of Newell Rubbermaid exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of three million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $25.27-$25.65 after having opened the day at $25.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.19. Other companies within the Consumer Durables industry that increased today were: Gaming Partners International Corporation ( GPIC), up 7%, Movado Group ( MOV), up 5.1%, Emerson Radio ( MSN), up 3.8%, and Steinway Musical Instruments ( LVB), up 3.6%.
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Newell Rubbermaid Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets consumer and commercial products worldwide. It operates in six segments: Home Solutions, Writing, Tools, Commercial Products, Baby & Parenting, and Specialty. Newell Rubbermaid has a market cap of $7.24 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate Newell Rubbermaid a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Newell Rubbermaid as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, notable return on equity and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Global-Tech Advanced Innovations ( GAI), down 6.9%, SGOCO Group ( SGOC), down 6.3%, Jakks Pacific ( JAKK), down 3.7%, and Mattress Firm ( MFRM), down 3.6%, were all laggards within the consumer durables industry with Sony Corporation ( SNE) being today's consumer durables industry laggard.

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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