VF Corporation (VFC): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Winner

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VF Corporation ( VFC) pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today making it today's featured consumer goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, VF Corporation rose $1.70 (1.1%) to $161.73 on average volume. Throughout the day, 472,209 shares of VF Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 602,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $160-$162.64 after having opened the day at $160.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $160.03. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that increased today were: SGOCO Group ( SGOC), up 20.7%, Frederick's of Hollywood Group ( FOH), up 14.5%, Crumbs Bake Shop ( CRMB), up 13.6%, and Cereplast ( CERP), up 12.8%.
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V.F. Corporation designs and manufactures, or sources from independent contractors various apparel and footwear products primarily in the United States and Europe. VF Corporation has a market cap of $17.54 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.2, 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 26% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate VF Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates VF Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and reasonable valuation levels. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front, Hyster-Yale Materials Handling ( HY), down 7.6%, Enova Systems ( ENA), down 7.2%, Forward Industries ( FORD), down 7%, and MGP Ingredients ( MGPI), down 6.3%, were all laggards within the consumer goods sector with Avon Products ( AVP) being today's consumer goods sector laggard.

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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