VeriFone Systems Inc. (PAY): Today's Featured Consumer Durables Winner

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VeriFone Systems ( PAY) pushed the Consumer Durables industry higher today making it today's featured consumer durables winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, VeriFone Systems rose $0.35 (1.8%) to $19.62 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,428,710 shares of VeriFone Systems exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,057,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $19.07-$19.79 after having opened the day at $19.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.27. Other companies within the Consumer Durables industry that increased today were: Universal Electronics ( UEIC), up 8.4%, Jakks Pacific ( JAKK), up 7.3%, Harman International Industries ( HAR), up 6.0% and Harbinger Group ( HRG), up 5.4%.

Verifone Systems, Inc. designs, markets, and services electronic payment solutions worldwide. VeriFone Systems has a market cap of $2.1 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 35.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate VeriFone Systems a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates VeriFone Systems as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, SGOCO Group ( SGOC), down 6.3%, American Woodmark Corporation ( AMWD), down 5.9%, Nautilus Group ( NLS), down 3.8% and Emerson Radio ( MSN), down 2.9%.

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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