Nu Skin Enterprises Inc. (NUS): Today's Featured Consumer Non-Durables Laggard

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Nu Skin ( NUS) pushed the Consumer Non-Durables industry lower today making it today's featured Consumer Non-Durables laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Nu Skin fell 75 cents (-1.8%) to $41.78 on light volume. Throughout the day, 744,738 shares of Nu Skin exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $41.78-$42.80 after having opened the day at $42.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.53. Other companies within the Consumer Non-Durables industry that declined today were: Standard Register Company ( SR), down 6.8%, Cereplast ( CERP), down 3.8%, Summer Infant ( SUMR), down 3.7%, and RG Barry Corporation ( DFZ), down 2.8%.
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Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. develops and distributes anti-aging personal care products and nutritional supplements worldwide. The company sells its personal care products under the Nu Skin brand; and nutritional supplements under the Pharmanex brand. Nu Skin has a market cap of $2.55 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.5, equal to the average consumer non-durables industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 12.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate Nu Skin a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nu Skin 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 attractive 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 positive front, China Shengda Packaging Group ( CPGI), up 10.2%, Forward Industries ( FORD), up 9.6%, K-Swiss ( KSWS), up 6.6%, and Cooper Tire & Rubber Company ( CTB), up 5.8%, were all gainers within the consumer non-durables industry with Deckers Outdoor Corporation ( DECK) being today's featured consumer non-durables industry leader.

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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