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 0.1%. By the end of trading, Fortune Brands Home & Security fell $0.55 (-1.2%) to $44.98 on average volume. Throughout the day, 924,066 shares of Fortune Brands Home & Security exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,177,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $44.91-$45.64 after having opened the day at $45.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.53. Other companies within the Consumer Durables industry that declined today were: Kid Brands ( KID), down 4.8%, Entertainment Gaming Asia ( EGT), down 4.5%, Hooker Furniture Corporation ( HOFT), down 4.1% and Virco Manufacturing Corporation ( VIRC), 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 $7.6 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 0.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Fortune Brands Home & Security a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 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 robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Nova Lifestyle ( NVFY), up 7.7%, Universal Electronics ( UEIC), up 7.4%, Mattress Firm ( MFRM), up 5.1% and Kewaunee Scientific ( KEQU), up 3.1%.

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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