Ralph Lauren Corp (RL): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Winner

The consumer goods sector closed the day up 2.2%. AgFeed Industries Inc ( FEED), Eastman Kodak Company ( EK), Virco Manufacturing Corporation ( VIRC), and Commercial Vehicle Group Inc ( CVGI) were all winners today within the consumer goods sector with Ralph Lauren ( RL) being today's featured consumer goods winner. Ralph Lauren rose $8.37 (6.3%) to $141.25 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.6 million shares of Ralph Lauren exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares.

Ralph Lauren Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the design, marketing, and distribution of lifestyle products. Ralph Lauren has a market cap of $8.1 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.4, equal to the average consumer non-durables industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 19.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ralph Lauren 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, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the negative front, Glg Life Tech ( GLGL), Supreme Industries Inc ( STS), Ocean Bio-Chem Inc ( OBCI), and Griffin Land & Nurseries Inc ( GRIF) were all losers within the consumer goods sector with Castle Brands Incorporated ( ROX) being today's consumer goods sector Loser Spotlight stock.

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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