Fossil Inc. (FOSL): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Winner

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Fossil ( FOSL) pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today making it today's featured consumer goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Fossil rose $1 (1.1%) to $94.10 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.4 million shares of Fossil exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $93.01-$95.98 after having opened the day at $93.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $93.10. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that increased today were: Primo Water ( PRMW), up 54%, ATC Venture Group ( ATC), up 22.9%, Generac Holdings ( GNRC), up 12.4%, and Quiksilver ( ZQK), up 10.6%.
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Fossil, Inc. designs, develops, markets, and distributes consumer fashion accessories worldwide. Fossil has a market cap of $5.71 billion and is part of the consumer durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 18.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are six analysts that rate Fossil a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fossil 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, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Cereplast ( CERP), down 11.8%, Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide ( QTWW), down 8%, Appliance Recycling Centers ( ARCI), down 8%, and PAR Technology ( PAR), down 5.6%, were all laggards within the consumer goods sector with Coca-Cola ( CCE) 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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