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 up 0.5%. By the end of trading, VF Corporation rose $4.88 (3.3%) to $153.88 on average volume. Throughout the day, 746,045 shares of VF Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 735,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $148.01-$154 after having opened the day at $148.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $149. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that increased today were: Hyster-Yale Materials Handling ( HY), up 15.3%, Fifth & Pacific Companies ( FNP), up 11.4%, SkyPeople Fruit Juice ( SPU), up 10.2%, and Flowers Foods ( FLO), up 9.6%.
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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 $16.62 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 down 0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 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 revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, 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 negative front, Central European Distribution ( CEDC), down 7%, Crumbs Bake Shop ( CRMB), down 5.5%, Tianli Agritech ( OINK), down 5.3%, and Zuoan Fashion ( ZA), down 4.8%, were all laggards within the consumer goods sector with Oshkosh Corporation ( OSK) 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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