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

Pitney Bowes ( PBI) pushed the Consumer Durables industry lower today making it today's featured Consumer Durables laggard. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Pitney Bowes fell $0.51 (-3.4%) to $14.68 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,962,722 shares of Pitney Bowes exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,281,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $14.68-$15.17 after having opened the day at $15.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.19. Other companies within the Consumer Durables industry that declined today were: Global-Tech Advanced Innovations ( GAI), down 10.6%, SGOCO Group ( SGOC), down 4.9%, Spectrum Brands Holdings ( SPB), down 2.1% and Appliance Recycling Centers Of America ( ARCI), down 2.0%.

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 $3.0 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 42.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, Jakks Pacific ( JAKK), up 7.5%, Kid Brands ( KID), up 4.0%, Hooker Furniture Corporation ( HOFT), up 3.6% and Virco Manufacturing Corporation ( VIRC), up 3.5%.

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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