Avon Products Inc (AVP): Today's Featured Consumer Non-Durables Laggard

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Avon Products ( AVP) 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 0.3%. By the end of trading, Avon Products fell 29 cents (-1.9%) to $15.22 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5.1 million shares of Avon Products exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.5 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $15.19-$15.57 after having opened the day at $15.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.51. Other companies within the Consumer Non-Durables industry that declined today were: Zuoan Fashion ( ZA), down 7.1%, Northern Technologies International ( NTIC), down 5.6%, Standard Register Company ( SR), down 5.5%, and Ever-Glory International Group ( EVK), down 4.9%.
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Avon Products, Inc. manufactures and markets beauty and related products worldwide. Avon Products has a market cap of $6.7 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 57.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are three analysts that rate Avon Products a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and nine rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Avon Products as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and deteriorating net income.

On the positive front, Frederick's of Hollywood Group ( FOH), up 7.1%, ACCO Brands ( ACCO), up 6.4%, Mannatech ( MTEX), up 4.8%, and Joe's Jeans ( JOEZ), up 4.6%, were all gainers within the consumer non-durables industry with Nu Skin ( NUS) 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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