Clorox Company (CLX): Today's Featured Consumer Durables Laggard

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Clorox Company ( CLX) pushed the Consumer Durables industry lower today making it today's featured Consumer Durables laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Clorox Company fell $1.10 (-1.2%) to $92.24 on average volume. Throughout the day, 946,098 shares of Clorox Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,255,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $91.54-$93.28 after having opened the day at $93.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $93.34. Other companies within the Consumer Durables industry that declined today were: Global-Tech Advanced Innovations ( GAI), down 3.3%, Marine Products Corporation ( MPX), down 2.9%, Cobra Electronics Corporation ( COBR), down 2.4% and Acme United Corporation ( ACU), down 2.1%.

The Clorox Company manufactures and markets consumer and professional products worldwide. Clorox Company has a market cap of $12.0 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 27.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Clorox Company a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Clorox Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the positive front, iRobot Corporation ( IRBT), up 17.3%, Virco Manufacturing Corporation ( VIRC), up 8.0%, Elecsys Corporation ( ESYS), up 3.7% and Bassett Furniture Industries ( BSET), up 3.6% , were all gainers within the consumer durables industry with Whirlpool Corporation ( WHR) being today's featured consumer durables industry leader.

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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