Sensata Technologies Holding N.V. (ST): Today's Featured Consumer Durables Winner

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Sensata Technologies Holding N.V ( ST) pushed the Consumer Durables industry higher today making it today's featured consumer durables winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, Sensata Technologies Holding N.V rose $0.37 (1.1%) to $35.69 on light volume. Throughout the day, 900,415 shares of Sensata Technologies Holding N.V exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,202,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $35.42-$35.85 after having opened the day at $35.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.32. Other companies within the Consumer Durables industry that increased today were: Global-Tech Advanced Innovations ( GAI), up 11.2%, iRobot Corporation ( IRBT), up 8.0%, Elecsys Corporation ( ESYS), up 4.8% and American Woodmark Corporation ( AMWD), up 4.4%.
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Sensata Technologies Holding N.V, through its subsidiaries, engages in the development, manufacture, and sale of sensors and controls primarily in the Americas, the Asia Pacific, and Europe. The company operates in two segments, Sensors and Controls. Sensata Technologies Holding N.V has a market cap of $6.2 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 36.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Sensata Technologies Holding N.V a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sensata Technologies Holding N.V as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, notable return on equity and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, SGOCO Group ( SGOC), down 14.5%, Cobra Electronics Corporation ( COBR), down 6.6%, Virco Manufacturing Corporation ( VIRC), down 3.3% and Entertainment Gaming Asia ( EGT), down 2.5% , were all laggards within the consumer durables industry with Newell Rubbermaid ( NWL) 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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