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 down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Ralph Lauren rose $1.73 (1.2%) to $150.16 on light volume. Throughout the day, 812,595 shares of Ralph Lauren exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $147.17-$150.52 after having opened the day at $147.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $148.43. Other companies within the Consumer Non-Durables industry that increased today were: United-Guardian ( UG), up 7.2%, Sappi ( SPP), up 5.4%, Standard Register Company ( SR), up 4.7%, and Mobile Mini ( MINI), up 4.5%.

Ralph Lauren Corporation engages in the design, marketing, and distribution of lifestyle products. Ralph Lauren has a market cap of $9.17 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.8, below the average consumer non-durables industry P/E ratio of 21.2 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front, Frederick's of Hollywood Group ( FOH), down 11.2%, Cereplast ( CERP), down 7.1%, Exceed Company ( EDS), down 5.4%, and Heelys ( HLYS), down 5.1%, were all laggards within the consumer non-durables industry with Under Armour ( UA) being today's consumer non-durables industry laggard.

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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