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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 0.2%. By the end of trading, VF Corporation fell $1.50 (-1.1%) to $138.65 on average volume. Throughout the day, 709,500 shares of VF Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 783,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $138.22-$141.29 after having opened the day at $140.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $140.15. Other company's within the Consumer Goods sector that declined today were:

Orbital

(

OBT

), down 78.4%,

Enova Systems

(

ENA

), down 19.9%,

ATC Venture Group

(

ATC

), down 10.7%, and

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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 $15.73 billion and is part of the

consumer non-durables

industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.8, equal to the average consumer non-durables industry P/E ratio and equal to the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate VF Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates VF Corporation as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, increase in net income, reasonable valuation levels and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front,

Central Garden & Pet Company

(

CENT

), up 8.3%,

Central Garden & Pet Company

(

CENTA

), up 7.5%,

Mannatech

(

MTEX

), up 7.3%, and

Tufco Technologies

(

TFCO

), up 7.1%, were all gainers within the consumer goods sector with

Fossil

(

FOSL

) 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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