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

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Whirlpool Corporation ( WHR) pushed the Consumer Durables industry lower today making it today's featured Consumer Durables laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.0%. By the end of trading, Whirlpool Corporation fell $1.85 (-1.4%) to $131.81 on light volume. Throughout the day, 713,069 shares of Whirlpool Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,040,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $131.79-$134.52 after having opened the day at $133.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $133.66. Other companies within the Consumer Durables industry that declined today were: Furniture Brands International ( FBN), down 10.1%, Entertainment Gaming Asia ( EGT), down 4.8%, Kid Brands ( KID), down 4.8% and Nautilus Group ( NLS), down 4.7%.

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 goods sector. Shares are up 31.4% 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 positive front, SGOCO Group ( SGOC), up 3.8%, Harbinger Group ( HRG), up 2.9%, Natuzzi SPA ( NTZ), up 2.7% and Pool ( POOL), up 1.6%.

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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