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

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Whirlpool Corporation ( WHR) pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today making it today's featured consumer goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Whirlpool Corporation rose $1.80 (1.4%) to $135.06 on light volume. Throughout the day, 696,572 shares of Whirlpool Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,036,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $132.45-$136.25 after having opened the day at $132.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $133.26. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that increased today were: Exceed Company ( EDS), up 10.8%, Steinway Musical Instruments ( LVB), up 9.3%, China Xiniya Fashion ( XNY), up 8.3% and Reeds ( REED), up 8.1%.

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 $10.5 billion and is part of the consumer durables industry. Shares are up 31.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, revenue growth and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Alliance One International ( AOI), down 11.2%, China Zenix Auto International ( ZX), down 8.0%, SGOCO Group ( SGOC), down 6.0% and RG Barry Corporation ( DFZ), down 5.4% , were all laggards within the consumer goods sector with Molson Coors Brewing Company ( TAP) being today's consumer goods sector laggard.

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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