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 down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Fortune Brands Home & Security fell $0.92 (-2.0%) to $45.66 on light volume. Throughout the day, 785,062 shares of Fortune Brands Home & Security exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,206,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $45.64-$46.43 after having opened the day at $46.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.58. Other companies within the Consumer Durables industry that declined today were: Elecsys Corporation ( ESYS), down 9.4%, Emerson Radio ( MSN), down 6.7%, Kid Brands ( KID), down 5.6% and Entertainment Gaming Asia ( EGT), down 5.2%.

Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc. provides home and security products for use in residential home repair, remodeling, new construction, security applications, and storage. Fortune Brands Home & Security has a market cap of $7.8 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 2.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, EveryWare Global ( EVRY), up 9.3%, Skullcandy ( SKUL), up 8.3%, Manchester United ( MANU), up 6.2% and Harbinger Group ( HRG), up 5.3%.

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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