Lululemon Athletica Inc. (LULU): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Laggard

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Lululemon Athletica ( LULU) pushed the Consumer Goods sector lower today making it today's featured Consumer Goods laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, Lululemon Athletica fell $1.14 (-1.6%) to $67.86 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.9 million shares of Lululemon Athletica exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $67.44-$69.45 after having opened the day at $69.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $69. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that declined today were: Central European Distribution ( CEDC), down 12.8%, Castle Brands Incorporated ( ROX), down 10.4%, China Xiniya Fashion ( XNY), down 8%, and Domtar ( UFS), down 5.9%.
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lululemon athletica inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and distributes athletic apparel for women, men, and female youth. Lululemon Athletica has a market cap of $7.75 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 42.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Lululemon Athletica a buy, three analysts rate it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lululemon Athletica as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value.

On the positive front, CTI Industries Corporation ( CTIB), up 12.8%, Pilgrims Pride ( PPC), up 9.8%, Delta Apparel ( DLA), up 8.8%, and Furniture Brands International ( FBN), up 8.7%, were all gainers within the consumer goods sector with International Paper ( IP) being today's featured consumer goods sector leader.

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