Brunswick Corporation (BC): Today's Featured Consumer Durables Laggard

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Brunswick Corporation ( BC) pushed the Consumer Durables industry lower today making it today's featured Consumer Durables laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, Brunswick Corporation fell $0.40 (-1.2%) to $32.82 on average volume. Throughout the day, 748,782 shares of Brunswick Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 996,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $32.54-$33.51 after having opened the day at $33.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.22. Other companies within the Consumer Durables industry that declined today were: Global-Tech Advanced Innovations ( GAI), down 5.8%, Kid Brands ( KID), down 3.7%, American Woodmark Corporation ( AMWD), down 3.0% and Fortune Brands Home & Security ( FBHS), down 2.6%.
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Brunswick Corporation designs, manufactures, and markets recreation products worldwide. Brunswick Corporation has a market cap of $2.9 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.4, 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 Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Brunswick Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Brunswick Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the positive front, SGOCO Group ( SGOC), down 29.2%, Appliance Recycling Centers Of America ( ARCI), down 9.2%, Nautilus Group ( NLS), down 5.1% and Escalade ( ESCA), down 4.5% , were all gainers within the consumer durables industry with Whirlpool Corporation ( WHR) 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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