Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc (FBHS): Today's Featured Consumer Durables Laggard

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Fortune Brands Home & Security ( FBHS) 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, Fortune Brands Home & Security fell $1.36 (-3.3%) to $40.37 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,512,477 shares of Fortune Brands Home & Security exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,309,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $40.21-$42.29 after having opened the day at $41.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.73. Other companies within the Consumer Durables industry that declined today were: Furniture Brands International ( FBN), down 21.1%, Universal Electronics ( UEIC), down 4.6%, Movado Group ( MOV), down 4.0% and Emerson Radio ( MSN), down 3.8%.
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Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc. provides home and security products for use in residential home repair, remodeling, new construction, and security and storage applications. Fortune Brands Home & Security has a market cap of $7.0 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 49.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 44.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Fortune Brands Home & Security a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fortune Brands Home & Security as a hold. 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 and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that we feel that the company's cash flow from its operations has been weak overall.

On the positive front, Cobra Electronics Corporation ( COBR), down 5.9%, Kid Brands ( KID), down 4.4%, Pitney Bowes ( PBI), down 3.7% and Panasonic Corporation ( PC), down 3.3% , were all gainers within the consumer durables industry with Sony Corporation ( SNE) 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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