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 was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Clorox Company fell $1.49 (-1.6%) to $89.00 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2,632,059 shares of Clorox Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,172,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $88.70-$89.72 after having opened the day at $89.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $90.49. Other companies within the Consumer Durables industry that declined today were: Marine Products Corporation ( MPX), down 4.2%, Movado Group ( MOV), down 3.8%, Lifetime Brands ( LCUT), down 3.6% and Kid Brands ( KID), down 3.5%.

The Clorox Company manufactures and markets consumer and professional products worldwide. Clorox Company has a market cap of $11.8 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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, Entertainment Gaming Asia ( EGT), up 13.2%, Skullcandy ( SKUL), up 5.9%, Universal Electronics ( UEIC), up 5.6% and Jakks Pacific ( JAKK), up 4.6% , were all gainers within the consumer durables industry with Sony Corporation ( SNE) 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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