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

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Fortune Brands Home & Security ( FBHS) pushed the Consumer Durables industry lower today making it today's featured Consumer Durables laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.2%. By the end of trading, Fortune Brands Home & Security fell $2.44 (-5.3%) to $43.21 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 3,976,522 shares of Fortune Brands Home & Security exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 994,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $41.53-$43.74 after having opened the day at $43.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.65. Other companies within the Consumer Durables industry that declined today were: Whirlpool Corporation ( WHR), down 6.6%, Callaway Golf Company ( ELY), down 5.4%, Emerson Radio ( MSN), down 4.0% and Kid Brands ( KID), down 4.0%.

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 $7.7 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 43.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the positive front, Pitney Bowes ( PBI), up 19.0%, Harman International Industries ( HAR), up 17.4%, Spectrum Brands Holdings ( SPB), up 10.3% and Harbinger Group ( HRG), up 7.7% , 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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