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 down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Pitney Bowes rose $0.30 (2.1%) to $14.72 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6,303,954 shares of Pitney Bowes exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,050,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $14.26-$14.76 after having opened the day at $14.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.42. Other companies within the Consumer Durables industry that increased today were: SGOCO Group ( SGOC), up 3.9%, Cobra Electronics Corporation ( COBR), up 2.8%, Skullcandy ( SKUL), up 2.7% and VeriFone Systems ( PAY), up 2.4%.

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. Shares are up 37.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Pitney Bowes a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 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 increase in stock price during the past year. 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, Furniture Brands International ( FBN), down 10.0%, Universal Electronics ( UEIC), down 4.4%, Nautilus Group ( NLS), down 3.9% and Hooker Furniture Corporation ( HOFT), down 2.9% , were all laggards within the consumer durables industry with Sony Corporation ( SNE) 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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