VF Corporation

(

VFC

) pushed the Consumer Goods sector lower today making it today's featured Consumer Goods loser. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, VF Corporation fell $1.83 (-1.4%) to $126.24 on light volume. Throughout the day, 252,732 shares of VF Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $126.19-$128.09 after having opened the day at $127.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $128.07. Other company's within the Consumer Goods sector that declined today were:

Cycle Country Accessories Corporation

(

ATC

), down 14.4%,

Glg Life Tech

(

GLGL

), down 10.3%,

AgFeed Industries Inc

(

FEED

), down 8.6%, and

Tempur-Pedic International Inc

(

TPX

), down 8%.

V.F. Corporation designs and manufactures, or sources from independent contractors various apparel and footwear products primarily in the United States and Europe. VF Corporation has a market cap of $14.17 billion and is part of the

consumer non-durables

industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.7, below the average consumer non-durables industry P/E ratio of 20.8 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 48.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates VF as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front,

Physicians Formula Holdings Inc

(

FACE

), up 15.6%,

Global-Tech Advanced Innovations Inc

(

GAI

), up 11.6%,

SGOCO Group

(

SGOC

), up 8.9%, and

Castle Brands Incorporated

(

ROX

), up 8.7%, were all gainers within the consumer goods sector with

BRF - Brasil Foods

(

BRFS

) being today's featured consumer goods sector winner.

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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