Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc (FBHS): Today's Featured Consumer Durables Laggard

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Fortune Brands Home & Security ( FBHS) pushed the Consumer Durables industry lower today making it today's featured Consumer Durables laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.3%. By the end of trading, Fortune Brands Home & Security fell $0.74 (-1.8%) to $41.65 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,017,619 shares of Fortune Brands Home & Security exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,441,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $41.39-$42.78 after having opened the day at $42.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.39. Other companies within the Consumer Durables industry that declined today were: Global-Tech Advanced Innovations ( GAI), down 25.5%, iRobot Corporation ( IRBT), down 13.4%, SGOCO Group ( SGOC), down 10.4% and Virco Manufacturing Corporation ( VIRC), down 9.3%.

Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc. provides home and security products for use in residential home repair, remodeling, new construction, and security and storage applications. Fortune Brands Home & Security has a market cap of $7.0 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 45.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Fortune Brands Home & Security a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fortune Brands Home & Security as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that we feel that the company's cash flow from its operations has been weak overall.

On the positive front, Apple ( AAPL), up 5.1%, Appliance Recycling Centers Of America ( ARCI), up 4.2%, Royal Philips ( PHG), up 3.7% and Bassett Furniture Industries ( BSET), up 3.0%.

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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