Carter's Inc. (CRI): Today's Featured Consumer Non-Durables Winner

Carter's ( CRI) 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 up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Carter's rose 33 cents (0.6%) to $52.93 on light volume. Throughout the day, 345,633 shares of Carter's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 845,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $52.25-$52.96 after having opened the day at $52.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.60. Other companies within the Consumer Non-Durables industry that increased today were: Teucrium Agricultural Fund ( TAGS), up 6.2%, Delta Apparel ( DLA), up 6.2%, Exceed Company ( EDS), up 5.7%, and China Shengda Packaging Group ( CPGI), up 5.5%.

Carter's, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, sources, and markets branded children's wear. The company provides products under the Carter's, Child of Mine, Just One You, Precious Firsts, OshKosh, and related brand names. Carter's has a market cap of $3.01 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.5, 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 28.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are two analysts that rate Carter's a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Carter's 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, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, Shiner International ( BEST), down 17.3%, Cereplast ( CERP), down 12%, Tufco Technologies ( TFCO), down 8.9%, and Coldwater Creek ( CWTR), down 6.6%, were all losers within the consumer non-durables industry with Avon Products ( AVP) 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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