Newell Rubbermaid Inc (NWL): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Laggard

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Newell Rubbermaid ( NWL) pushed the Consumer Goods sector lower today making it today's featured Consumer Goods laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Newell Rubbermaid fell $0.27 (-1.0%) to $26.75 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,452,090 shares of Newell Rubbermaid exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,206,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $26.68-$27.24 after having opened the day at $27.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.02. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that declined today were: China Marine Food Group ( CMFO), down 12.9%, Furniture Brands International ( FBN), down 12.9%, Swisher Hygiene ( SWSH), down 8.0% and Coach ( COH), down 7.9%.

Newell Rubbermaid Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets consumer and commercial products worldwide. It operates in six segments: Home Solutions, Writing, Tools, Commercial Products, Baby & Parenting, and Specialty. Newell Rubbermaid has a market cap of $7.8 billion and is part of the consumer durables industry. Shares are up 21.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Newell Rubbermaid a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Newell Rubbermaid as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, Pitney Bowes ( PBI), up 12.8%, Oshkosh Corporation ( OSK), up 9.6%, Goodyear Tire & Rubber ( GT), up 8.9% and Mannatech ( MTEX), up 7.4% , were all gainers within the consumer goods sector with Sealed Air Corporation ( SEE) being today's featured consumer goods sector leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the consumer goods sector could consider iShares Dow Jones US Cons Goods ( IYK) while those bearish on the consumer goods sector could consider ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Goods ( SZK).

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