3 Consumer Durables Stocks Pushing Industry Growth

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 59 points (0.3%) at 18,083 as of Monday, May 4, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,918 issues advancing vs. 1,077 declining with 158 unchanged.

The Consumer Durables industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.4%. Top gainers within the industry include Harman International Industries ( HAR), up 1.5%, and Sony ( SNE), up 0.6%. A company within the industry that fell today was Newell Rubbermaid ( NWL), up 0.8%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

3. Xerox Corporation ( XRX) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Durables industry higher today. As of noon trading, Xerox Corporation is up $0.20 (1.7%) to $11.72 on average volume. Thus far, 4.3 million shares of Xerox Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $11.52-$11.76 after having opened the day at $11.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.52.

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Xerox Corporation provides business process and document management solutions worldwide. Xerox Corporation has a market cap of $12.7 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 16.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Xerox Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Xerox Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Xerox Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Mohawk Industries ( MHK) is up $1.26 (0.7%) to $178.95 on average volume. Thus far, 325,544 shares of Mohawk Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 664,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $177.59-$179.98 after having opened the day at $178.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $177.69.

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Mohawk Industries, Inc. designs, manufactures, sources, distributes, and markets flooring products for residential and commercial applications for remodeling and new constructions worldwide. It operates in three segments: Carpet, Ceramic, and Laminate and Wood. Mohawk Industries has a market cap of $12.7 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 14.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Mohawk Industries a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mohawk Industries as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Mohawk Industries Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Whirlpool ( WHR) is up $0.90 (0.5%) to $180.21 on average volume. Thus far, 485,157 shares of Whirlpool exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $178.77-$181.18 after having opened the day at $179.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $179.31.

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Whirlpool Corporation manufactures and markets home appliances and related products worldwide. The company's principal products include laundry appliances, refrigerators and freezers, cooking appliances, dishwashers, mixers, and other portable household appliances. Whirlpool has a market cap of $13.8 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 7.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Whirlpool a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Whirlpool as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Whirlpool Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, 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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