Pitney Bowes Inc (PBI): Today's Featured Consumer Durables Laggard

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Pitney Bowes ( PBI) pushed the Consumer Durables industry lower today making it today's featured Consumer Durables laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.7%. By the end of trading, Pitney Bowes fell $0.20 (-1.4%) to $14.24 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,692,258 shares of Pitney Bowes exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,668,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $14.16-$14.57 after having opened the day at $14.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.44. Other companies within the Consumer Durables industry that declined today were: Bassett Furniture Industries ( BSET), down 9.3%, Kid Brands ( KID), down 6.8%, Flexsteel Industries ( FLXS), down 6.1% and Chromcraft Revington ( CRC), down 5.3%.
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Pitney Bowes Inc. provides software, hardware, and services to enable physical and digital communications in the United States and internationally. Pitney Bowes has a market cap of $3.0 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 35.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Pitney Bowes as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, SGOCO Group ( SGOC), down 5.5%, Koss Corporation ( KOSS), down 4.8%, Virco Manufacturing Corporation ( VIRC), down 4.2% and Global-Tech Advanced Innovations ( GAI), down 3.1% , were all gainers within the consumer durables industry with Newell Rubbermaid ( NWL) 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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