Whirlpool Corporation (WHR): Today's Favorite Consumer Durables Gainer

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Whirlpool Corporation ( WHR) pushed the Consumer Durables industry higher today making it today's featured consumer durables winner. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Whirlpool Corporation rose $2.23 (1.9%) to $118.46 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.3 million shares of Whirlpool Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $116.12-$118.85 after having opened the day at $116.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $116.23. Other companies within the Consumer Durables industry that increased today were: Ballantyne Strong ( BTN), up 3.9%, Gaming Partners International Corporation ( GPIC), up 3.5%, Bassett Furniture Industries ( BSET), up 3.1%, and American Woodmark Corporation ( AMWD), up 3.1%.
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Whirlpool Corporation engages in the manufacture and marketing of home appliances worldwide. The company's principal products include laundry appliances, refrigerators and freezers, cooking appliances, dishwashers, mixers, and other portable household appliances. Whirlpool Corporation has a market cap of $8.98 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are four analysts that rate Whirlpool Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and one rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Whirlpool Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Global-Tech Advanced Innovations ( GAI), down 20.9%, Furniture Brands International ( FBN), down 7.3%, Stanley Furniture Company ( STLY), down 3.5%, and Nautilus Group ( NLS), down 2.8%, were all laggards within the consumer durables industry with Select Comfort Corporation ( SCSS) 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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