Pitney Bowes Inc (PBI): Today's Featured Consumer Durables Winner

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Pitney Bowes ( PBI) 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, Pitney Bowes rose $0.31 (1.6%) to $19.24 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7,304,492 shares of Pitney Bowes exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,874,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $18.66-$19.37 after having opened the day at $18.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.93. Other companies within the Consumer Durables industry that increased today were: SGOCO Group ( SGOC), up 6.3%, Emerson Radio ( MSN), up 4.8%, VeriFone Systems ( PAY), up 3.6% and Manchester United PLC Class A ( MANU), up 2.3%.

Pitney Bowes Inc. provides software, hardware, and services to enable physical and digital communications in the United States and internationally. Pitney Bowes has a market cap of $3.7 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 70.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Pitney Bowes a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Pitney Bowes as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, weak operating cash flow and generally higher debt management risk.

On the negative front, Entertainment Gaming Asia ( EGT), down 4.8%, Hooker Furniture Corporation ( HOFT), down 4.7%, American Woodmark Corporation ( AMWD), down 4.5% and Ethan Allen Interiors ( ETH), down 3.2%.

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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