Ralph Lauren Corp (RL): Today's Featured Consumer Non-Durables Winner

Ralph Lauren ( RL) 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 0.7%. By the end of trading, Ralph Lauren rose $2.46 (1.7%) to $144.48 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.6 million shares of Ralph Lauren exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $139.02-$145.75 after having opened the day at $140.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $142.02. Other companies within the Consumer Non-Durables industry that increased today were: Swisher Hygiene ( SWSH), up 11.7%, Teucrium Agricultural Fund ( TAGS), up 9.6%, Mannatech ( MTEX), up 7.1%, and Cereplast ( CERP), up 7%.

Ralph Lauren Corporation engages in the design, marketing, and distribution of lifestyle products. Ralph Lauren has a market cap of $8.54 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.8, 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 2.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are five analysts that rate Ralph Lauren a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and eight rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ralph Lauren 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and reasonable valuation levels. 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, Shiner International ( BEST), down 18.8%, China Shengda Packaging Group ( CPGI), down 9.4%, Standard Register Company ( SR), down 6.3%, and Titan International ( TWI), down 5.7%, were all losers within the consumer non-durables industry with Church & Dwight Company ( CHD) 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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