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

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VF Corporation ( VFC) pushed the Consumer Goods sector lower today making it today's featured Consumer Goods laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, VF Corporation fell $4.43 (-2.9%) to $149.38 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1.2 million shares of VF Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 684,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $148.28-$152.67 after having opened the day at $152.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $153.81. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that declined today were: Central European Distribution ( CEDC), down 7.5%, Central Garden & Pet Company ( CENTA), down 7%, Seneca Foods ( SENEB), down 6.8%, and Central Garden & Pet Company ( CENT), down 6.8%.
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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 $16.72 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate VF Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and six 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 revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and attractive valuation levels. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the positive front, Origin Agritech ( SEED), up 13.8%, Zuoan Fashion ( ZA), up 7.5%, CCA Industries ( CAW), up 7.2%, and SkyPeople Fruit Juice ( SPU), up 6.8%, were all gainers within the consumer goods sector with VeriFone Systems ( PAY) being today's featured consumer goods sector leader.

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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