Mattel Inc. (MAT): Today's Featured Consumer Durables Laggard

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Mattel ( MAT) pushed the Consumer Durables industry lower today making it today's featured Consumer Durables laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Mattel fell $0.41 (-1.1%) to $36.65 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,538,174 shares of Mattel exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,239,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $36.51-$36.81 after having opened the day at $36.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.06. Other companies within the Consumer Durables industry that declined today were: Kid Brands ( KID), down 7.3%, Koss Corporation ( KOSS), down 5.1%, Virco Manufacturing Corporation ( VIRC), down 2.7% and Knoll ( KNL), down 1.8%.

Mattel, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and markets various toy products. The company operates in three segments: North America, International, and American Girl. Its products comprise fashion dolls and accessories, vehicles and play sets, and games and puzzles. Mattel has a market cap of $12.5 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 22.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Mattel a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mattel as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, Nova Lifestyle ( NVFY), up 6.7%, Pool ( POOL), up 6.0%, Cobra Electronics Corporation ( COBR), up 5.2% and Malibu Boats Inc Class A ( MBUU), up 4.8% , were all gainers within the consumer durables industry with Clorox Company ( CLX) 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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