The consumer goods sector closed the day down 0.2%. Select Comfort Corporation ( SCSS), Swift Transportation ( SWFT), Vera Bradley Inc ( VRA), and Appliance Recycling Centers ( ARCI) were all winners today within the consumer goods sector with VF Corporation ( VFC) being today's featured consumer goods winner. VF Corporation rose $2.82 (2.2%) to $131.70 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.1 million shares of VF Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares.

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 $14.5 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.1, 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 53% 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 revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, S&W Seed Company ( SANW), Griffin Land & Nurseries Inc ( GRIF), Le Gaga Holdings ( GAGA), and Agria Corporation ( GRO) were all losers within the consumer goods sector with Honda Motor ( HMC) 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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