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

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Fortune Brands Home & Security ( FBHS) pushed the Consumer Durables industry higher today making it today's featured consumer durables winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Fortune Brands Home & Security rose $0.62 (1.5%) to $42.50 on light volume. Throughout the day, 902,693 shares of Fortune Brands Home & Security exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,324,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $41.70-$42.62 after having opened the day at $42.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.88. Other companies within the Consumer Durables industry that increased today were: Emerson Radio ( MSN), up 5.4%, Entertainment Gaming Asia ( EGT), up 4.8%, Elecsys Corporation ( ESYS), up 4.2% and Johnson Outdoors ( JOUT), up 3.6%.

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 $6.9 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 41.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet.

On the negative front, Leapfrog ( LF), down 8.3%, Global-Tech Advanced Innovations ( GAI), down 8.3%, Skullcandy ( SKUL), down 6.4% and Escalade ( ESCA), down 4.2%.

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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