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Lululemon Athletica Inc. (LULU): Today's Featured Consumer Non-Durables Laggard

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Lululemon Athletica (LULU) pushed the Consumer Non-Durables industry lower today making it today's featured Consumer Non-Durables laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Lululemon Athletica fell $1.19 (-1.8%) to $64.96 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,814,304 shares of Lululemon Athletica exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,804,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $64.85-$67.10 after having opened the day at $66.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.15. Other companies within the Consumer Non-Durables industry that declined today were: Coldwater Creek (CWTR), down 7.2%, STR Holdings (STRI), down 4.7%, Mannatech (MTEX), down 3.8% and Resolute Forest Products (RFP), down 3.7%.

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lululemon athletica inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and distributes athletic apparel and accessories for women, men, and female youth. It operates in three segments: Corporate-Owned Stores, Direct To Consumer, and Other. Lululemon Athletica has a market cap of $7.6 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 36.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 13.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Lululemon Athletica a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lululemon Athletica as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value.

On the positive front, Xerium Technologies (XRM), down 7.4%, KapStone Paper And Packaging Corporation (KS), down 6.1%, EveryWare Global (EVRY), down 5.7% and AEP Industries (AEPI), down 4.9% , were all gainers within the consumer non-durables industry with Procter & Gamble (PG) being today's featured consumer non-durables industry leader.

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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