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

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Whirlpool Corporation ( WHR) pushed the Consumer Durables industry higher today making it today's featured consumer durables winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.2%. By the end of trading, Whirlpool Corporation rose $2.60 (1.8%) to $149.55 on light volume. Throughout the day, 753,852 shares of Whirlpool Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,084,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $147.40-$150.26 after having opened the day at $148.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $146.95. Other companies within the Consumer Durables industry that increased today were: Mattress Firm ( MFRM), up 5.4%, Elecsys Corporation ( ESYS), up 4.2%, Escalade ( ESCA), up 4.0% and Nautilus Group ( NLS), up 3.7%.

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 $11.6 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 44.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Whirlpool Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Johnson Outdoors ( JOUT), down 4.4%, Eastman Kodak Company ( KODK), down 1.8%, VeriFone Systems ( PAY), down 1.7% and Emerson Radio ( MSN), down 1.6% , were all laggards within the consumer durables industry with Hasbro ( HAS) 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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