Harman International Industries Inc. (HAR): Today's Featured Consumer Durables Winner

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Harman International Industries ( HAR) pushed the Consumer Durables industry higher today making it today's featured consumer durables winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Harman International Industries rose $1.54 (2.3%) to $69.39 on light volume. Throughout the day, 615,367 shares of Harman International Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 834,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $67.75-$69.50 after having opened the day at $68.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $67.85. Other companies within the Consumer Durables industry that increased today were: Ballantyne Strong ( BTN), up 7.9%, Black Diamond ( BDE), up 7.4%, Universal Electronics ( UEIC), up 3.9% and Elecsys Corporation ( ESYS), up 3.4%.

Harman International Industries, Incorporated designs, develops, manufactures, and markets audio products, lighting solutions, and electronic systems, as well as digitally integrated audio and infotainment systems for the automotive industry worldwide. Harman International Industries has a market cap of $4.5 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 47.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Harman International Industries a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Harman International Industries as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Acme United Corporation ( ACU), down 3.5%, Kid Brands ( KID), down 2.7%, Cobra Electronics Corporation ( COBR), down 2.6% and Knoll ( KNL), down 2.5% , were all laggards within the consumer durables industry with Clorox Company ( CLX) being today's consumer durables industry laggard.

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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