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

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Fortune Brands Home & Security ( FBHS) pushed the Consumer Goods sector lower today making it today's featured Consumer Goods laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Fortune Brands Home & Security fell $0.57 (-1.4%) to $40.20 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2,147,792 shares of Fortune Brands Home & Security exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,391,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $39.83-$40.93 after having opened the day at $40.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.77. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that declined today were: EveryWare Global ( EVRY), down 51.2%, Kid Brands ( KID), down 18.1%, Fuwei Films (Holdings ( FFHL), down 12.8% and Malibu Boats Inc Class A ( MBUU), down 9.9%.

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 $7.0 billion and is part of the consumer durables industry. Shares are down 10.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Lululemon Athletica ( LULU), up 6.2%, BRF ( BRFS), up 6.1%, Reeds ( REED), up 6.0% and Manchester United ( MANU), up 5.1% , were all gainers within the consumer goods sector with Deckers Outdoor Corporation ( DECK) being today's featured consumer goods sector leader.

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