Consumer Durables Industry's Featured Straggler Of The Day: Mattel Inc. (MAT)

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Mattel ( MAT) pushed the Consumer Durables industry lower today making it today's featured Consumer Durables laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.6%. By the end of trading, Mattel fell $1.03 (-2.3%) to $42.99 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.7 million shares of Mattel exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $42.96-$44.08 after having opened the day at $44.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.02. Other companies within the Consumer Durables industry that declined today were: American Woodmark Corporation ( AMWD), down 8.2%, Flexsteel Industries ( FLXS), down 5.4%, La-Z-Boy ( LZB), down 5.2%, and SGOCO Group ( SGOC), down 4.5%.
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Mattel, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and markets various toy products. The company operates in three segments: North America, International, and American Girl. Its products comprise fashion dolls and accessories, vehicles and play sets, and games and puzzles. Mattel has a market cap of $15.03 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 20.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate Mattel a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mattel as a buy. 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, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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