VF Corporation

(

VFC

) pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today making it today's featured consumer goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 1.3%. By the end of trading, VF Corporation rose $2.34 (1.7%) to $143.54 on light volume. Throughout the day, 564,408 shares of VF Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 890,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $140.86-$143.69 after having opened the day at $141.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $141.20. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that increased today were:

Mannatech

(

MTEX

), up 34.3%,

Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company S.A

(

CCH

), up 14.7%,

Champion Industries

(

CHMP

), up 12.2%, and

China Automotive Systems

(

CAAS

), up 11.5%.

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 $15.47 billion and is part of the

consumer non-durables

industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.5, equal to the average consumer non-durables industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 12 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.

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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