Whirlpool Corporation (WHR): Today's Featured Consumer Durables Laggard

Whirlpool Corporation ( WHR) pushed the Consumer Durables industry lower today making it today's featured Consumer Durables laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Whirlpool Corporation fell $1.45 (-1.3%) to $112.55 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,219,333 shares of Whirlpool Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 993,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $111.94-$116.73 after having opened the day at $114.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $114.00. Other companies within the Consumer Durables industry that declined today were: Kid Brands ( KID), down 4.5%, Koss Corporation ( KOSS), down 3.5%, Leapfrog ( LF), down 3.4% and SGOCO Group ( SGOC), down 2.2%.

Whirlpool Corporation engages in the manufacture and marketing of home appliances worldwide. The company's principal products include laundry appliances, refrigerators and freezers, cooking appliances, dishwashers, mixers, and other portable household appliances. Whirlpool Corporation has a market cap of $8.8 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Whirlpool Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Whirlpool Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, Appliance Recycling Centers Of America ( ARCI), up 7.4%, Entertainment Gaming Asia ( EGT), up 7.4%, Harman International Industries ( HAR), up 5.0% and Select Comfort Corporation ( SCSS), up 4.2% , were all gainers within the consumer durables industry with Clorox Company ( CLX) 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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