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

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Mattel ( MAT) pushed the Consumer Durables industry higher today making it today's featured consumer durables winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Mattel rose $0.41 (1.1%) to $35.96 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,431,338 shares of Mattel exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,595,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $35.60-$36.26 after having opened the day at $35.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.55. Other companies within the Consumer Durables industry that increased today were: Bassett Furniture Industries ( BSET), up 8.5%, Nova Lifestyle ( NVFY), up 7.6%, Lifetime Brands ( LCUT), up 7.2% and Universal Electronics ( UEIC), up 6.6%.

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 $12.0 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 25.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Mattel a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 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, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Escalade ( ESCA), down 7.2%, Entertainment Gaming Asia ( EGT), down 3.8%, American Woodmark Corporation ( AMWD), down 2.4% and La-Z-Boy ( LZB), down 2.3% , were all laggards within the consumer durables industry with Pitney Bowes ( PBI) being today's consumer durables industry laggard.

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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