Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc (FBHS): Today's Featured Consumer Durables Winner

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Fortune Brands Home & Security ( FBHS) pushed the Consumer Durables industry higher today making it today's featured consumer durables winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Fortune Brands Home & Security rose $0.94 (2.0%) to $46.79 on light volume. Throughout the day, 678,232 shares of Fortune Brands Home & Security exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,087,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $45.89-$46.85 after having opened the day at $45.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.85. Other companies within the Consumer Durables industry that increased today were: Helen of Troy ( HELE), up 10.3%, VeriFone Systems ( PAY), up 4.8%, Jarden Corporation ( JAH), up 4.4% and Black Diamond ( BDE), up 3.3%.

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 $7.6 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 0.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Fortune Brands Home & Security a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 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.

On the negative front, Flexsteel Industries ( FLXS), down 5.0%, Ethan Allen Interiors ( ETH), down 4.5%, Mattress Firm ( MFRM), down 3.2% and Escalade ( ESCA), down 2.6%.

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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