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MeadWestvaco Corporation (MWV): Today's Featured Consumer Non-Durables Winner

MeadWestvaco Corporation (MWV) pushed the Consumer Non-Durables industry higher today making it today's featured consumer non-durables winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.7%. By the end of trading, MeadWestvaco Corporation rose 66 cents (2.3%) to $28.99 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2.1 million shares of MeadWestvaco Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $28.96-$29.63 after having opened the day at $29.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.33. Other companies within the Consumer Non-Durables industry that increased today were: Shiner International (BEST), up 10.8%, ACCO Brands (ABD), up 4.3%, Xerium Technologies (XRM), up 3.8%, and Tandy Brands Accessories (TBAC), up 3.5%.

MeadWestvaco Corporation provides packaging solutions to the healthcare, beauty and personal care, food, beverage, tobacco, and home and garden industries worldwide. MeadWestvaco Corporation has a market cap of $5.48 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.7, below the average consumer non-durables industry P/E ratio of 24.1 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate MeadWestvaco Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MeadWestvaco Corporation 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 and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, Exceed Company (EDS), down 14.3%, Swisher Hygiene (SWSH), down 12.9%, Nu Skin (NUS), down 8.3%, and Weyco Group (WEYS), down 7.1%, were all losers within the consumer non-durables industry with Avon Products (AVP) being today's consumer non-durables industry loser.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the consumer non-durables industry could consider Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (XLP) while those bearish on the consumer non-durables industry could consider ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Goods (SZK).

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