5 Consumer Durables Stocks Nudging The Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 34 points (-0.2%) at 15,991 as of Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,256 issues advancing vs. 1,637 declining with 176 unchanged.

The Consumer Durables industry currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

5. Fortune Brands Home & Security ( FBHS) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Durables industry higher today. As of noon trading, Fortune Brands Home & Security is up $0.55 (1.3%) to $43.20 on light volume. Thus far, 328,728 shares of Fortune Brands Home & Security exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $42.43-$43.68 after having opened the day at $42.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.65.

Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc. provides home and security products for use in residential home repair, remodeling, new construction, and security and storage applications. Fortune Brands Home & Security has a market cap of $7.0 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 39.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 46.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Fortune Brands Home & Security a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fortune Brands Home & Security as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Fortune Brands Home & Security Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Harman International Industries ( HAR) is up $2.47 (3.0%) to $83.46 on heavy volume. Thus far, 705,096 shares of Harman International Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 650,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $81.35-$84.33 after having opened the day at $82.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $80.99.

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 $5.5 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 42.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 81.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Harman International Industries Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Newell Rubbermaid ( NWL) is up $0.30 (1.0%) to $31.23 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Newell Rubbermaid exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $31.18-$32.25 after having opened the day at $31.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.93.

Newell Rubbermaid Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets consumer and commercial products worldwide. It operates in five segments: Commercial Products, Tools, Writing, Home Solutions, and Baby & Parenting. Newell Rubbermaid has a market cap of $8.9 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 38.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Newell Rubbermaid a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Newell Rubbermaid as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Newell Rubbermaid Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Fossil Group ( FOSL) is up $1.44 (1.2%) to $123.74 on average volume. Thus far, 340,630 shares of Fossil Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 678,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $120.45-$124.16 after having opened the day at $121.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $122.30.

Fossil Group, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the design, development, marketing, and distribution of consumer fashion accessories worldwide. It operates in four segments: North America Wholesale, Europe Wholesale, Asia Pacific Wholesale, and Direct to Consumer. Fossil Group has a market cap of $6.8 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Fossil Group a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fossil Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Fossil Group Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Whirlpool Corporation ( WHR) is up $2.56 (1.7%) to $152.55 on average volume. Thus far, 472,106 shares of Whirlpool Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $149.26-$155.05 after having opened the day at $150.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $149.99.

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 $11.7 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 47.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 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. Get the full Whirlpool Corporation Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 5 stocks, 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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