Whirlpool Corporation (WHR): Today's Featured Consumer Durables Laggard

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Whirlpool Corporation ( WHR) 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, Whirlpool Corporation fell $3.14 (-2.0%) to $153.70 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,070,201 shares of Whirlpool Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 867,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $151.62-$157.89 after having opened the day at $157.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $156.84. Other companies within the Consumer Durables industry that declined today were: Nova Lifestyle ( NVFY), down 10.1%, Ethan Allen Interiors ( ETH), down 4.4%, Entertainment Gaming Asia ( EGT), down 4.2% and Marine Products Corporation ( MPX), down 3.7%.

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 $12.3 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 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.

On the positive front, Koss Corporation ( KOSS), up 9.0%, Fabrinet ( FN), up 3.8%, Natuzzi SPA ( NTZ), up 3.7% and Select Comfort Corporation ( SCSS), up 3.5% , were all gainers within the consumer durables industry with VeriFone Systems ( PAY) being today's featured consumer durables industry leader.

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