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

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Whirlpool Corporation ( WHR) pushed the Consumer Durables industry higher today making it today's featured consumer durables winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Whirlpool Corporation rose $2.28 (1.7%) to $133.94 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,297,217 shares of Whirlpool Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,036,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $131.91-$136.44 after having opened the day at $132.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $131.66. Other companies within the Consumer Durables industry that increased today were: Virco Manufacturing Corporation ( VIRC), up 7.9%, Libbey ( LBY), up 4.7%, VeriFone Systems ( PAY), up 3.1% and Brunswick Corporation ( BC), up 2.9%.

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 $10.3 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 29.4% 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 revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, 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 negative front, SGOCO Group ( SGOC), down 6.3%, Elecsys Corporation ( ESYS), down 3.9%, Furniture Brands International ( FBN), down 3.7% and Sony Corporation ( SNE), down 2.7%.

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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