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

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Pitney Bowes ( PBI) pushed the Consumer Durables industry higher today making it today's featured consumer durables winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.3%. By the end of trading, Pitney Bowes rose $0.18 (1.2%) to $14.69 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,850,425 shares of Pitney Bowes exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,239,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $14.43-$14.79 after having opened the day at $14.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.51. Other companies within the Consumer Durables industry that increased today were: Global-Tech Advanced Innovations ( GAI), up 8.2%, SGOCO Group ( SGOC), up 6.4%, La-Z-Boy ( LZB), up 6.4% and Bassett Furniture Industries ( BSET), up 6.4%.
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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 $2.9 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 36.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Pitney Bowes a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Pitney Bowes as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

On the negative front, Emerson Radio ( MSN), down 6.9%, Ballantyne Strong ( BTN), down 3.1% and Koss Corporation ( KOSS), down 2.6%.

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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