Bemis Co Inc (BMS): Today's Featured Consumer Non-Durables Winner

Bemis ( BMS) pushed the Consumer Non-Durables industry higher today making it today's featured consumer non-durables winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1%. By the end of trading, Bemis rose 64 cents (2.1%) to $31.69 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1.8 million shares of Bemis exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 701,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $30.75-$31.73 after having opened the day at $30.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.05. Other companies within the Consumer Non-Durables industry that increased today were: Spartech Corporation ( SEH), up 5.2%, RG Barry Corporation ( DFZ), up 4.9%, Female Health Company ( FHCO), up 4.2%, and Forward Industries ( FORD), up 4.2%.

Bemis Company, Inc. manufactures and sells flexible packaging products and pressure sensitive materials in North America, Latin America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific. The company operates in two segments, Flexible Packaging and Pressure Sensitive Materials. Bemis has a market cap of $3.22 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.9, below the average consumer non-durables industry P/E ratio of 18.6 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is one analyst that rates Bemis a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Bemis as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, STR Holdings ( STRI), down 8.3%, Physicians Formula Holdings ( FACE), down 7.5%, Exceed Company ( EDS), down 6.5%, and China Shengda Packaging Group ( CPGI), down 6.3%, were all losers within the consumer non-durables industry with Estee Lauder Cos ( EL) being today's consumer non-durables industry loser.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the consumer non-durables industry could consider Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR ( XLP) while those bearish on the consumer non-durables industry could consider ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Goods ( SZK).
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