VeriFone Systems Inc. (PAY): Today's Featured Consumer Durables Laggard

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VeriFone Systems ( PAY) pushed the Consumer Durables industry lower today making it today's featured Consumer Durables laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.0%. By the end of trading, VeriFone Systems fell $1.80 (-7.2%) to $23.20 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 9,184,620 shares of VeriFone Systems exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,463,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $22.60-$23.87 after having opened the day at $23.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.00. Other companies within the Consumer Durables industry that declined today were: Elecsys Corporation ( ESYS), down 6.6%, Kewaunee Scientific ( KEQU), down 3.9%, Emerson Radio ( MSN), down 3.2% and iRobot Corporation ( IRBT), down 2.8%.

VeriFone Systems, Inc. designs, markets, and services electronic payment solutions worldwide. VeriFone Systems has a market cap of $2.7 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 15.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate VeriFone Systems a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates VeriFone Systems as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Hooker Furniture Corporation ( HOFT), up 4.2%, Koss Corporation ( KOSS), up 4.0%, Select Comfort Corporation ( SCSS), up 3.5% and Lifetime Brands ( LCUT), up 3.4% , were all gainers within the consumer durables industry with Xerox Corporation ( XRX) 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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