Lululemon Athletica Inc. (LULU): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Winner

Lululemon Athletica ( LULU) pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today making it today's featured consumer goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Lululemon Athletica rose $2.23 (3.9%) to $60.16 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.9 million shares of Lululemon Athletica exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $57.93-$60.95 after having opened the day at $57.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.93. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that increased today were: Cereplast ( CERP), up 14.5%, Standard Register Company ( SR), up 9.4%, MGP Ingredients ( MGPI), up 9.2%, and Leapfrog ( LF), up 9.1%.

lululemon athletica inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and distributes athletic apparel for women, men, and female youth. Lululemon Athletica has a market cap of $6.46 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 42.6, 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 24.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate Lululemon Athletica a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and nine rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lululemon Athletica 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value.

On the negative front, Verso Paper ( VRS), down 15.6%, Feihe International ( ADY), down 10.4%, Jones Soda Company ( JSDA), down 8.3%, and LSI Industries ( LYTS), down 6.2%, were all losers within the consumer goods sector with Mead Johnson Nutrition Company ( MJN) being today's consumer goods sector loser.

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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