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 up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Fortune Brands Home & Security fell $0.52 (-1.3%) to $40.30 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,357,594 shares of Fortune Brands Home & Security exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,531,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $39.84-$40.51 after having opened the day at $40.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.82. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that declined today were: Tyson Foods ( TSN), down 9.9%, Lifetime Brands ( LCUT), down 8.0%, Tofutti Brands ( TOF), down 6.0% and Skullcandy ( SKUL), down 6.0%.

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 $6.8 billion and is part of the consumer durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 33.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 10.7% 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 3 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 revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, growth in earnings per share, increase in stock price during the past year and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, EveryWare Global ( EVRY), up 282.3%, Swisher Hygiene ( SWSH), up 10.5%, Lydall ( LDL), up 10.0% and Appliance Recycling Centers Of America ( ARCI), up 6.7% , were all gainers within the consumer goods sector with Kate Spade ( KATE) being today's featured consumer goods sector leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the consumer goods sector could consider iShares Dow Jones US Cons Goods ( IYK) while those bearish on the consumer goods sector could consider ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Goods ( SZK).

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