3 Stocks Pushing The Consumer Non-Durables Industry Lower

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 53 points (-0.4%) at 13,873 as of Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, 11:50 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 851 issues advancing vs. 2,047 declining with 117 unchanged.

The Consumer Non-Durables industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Coach ( COH), down 1.7%, Ralph Lauren ( RL), down 0.8% and Estee Lauder Cos ( EL), down 0.8%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

3. Fibria Celulose ( FBR) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Non-Durables industry lower today. As of noon trading, Fibria Celulose is down $0.30 (-2.7%) to $10.93 on average volume Thus far, 773,379 shares of Fibria Celulose exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $10.92-$11.18 after having opened the day at $11.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.23.

Fibria Celulose S.A. engages in the production, sale, and export of short fiber pulp. The company primarily offers bleached eucalyptus kraft pulp used in the manufacture of toilet paper; uncoated and coated paper for printing and writing; and coated cardboard for packaging. Fibria Celulose has a market cap of $6.4 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Fibria Celulose a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fibria Celulose as a hold. 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 and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing. Get the full Fibria Celulose Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Ecolab ( ECL) is down $0.76 (-1.0%) to $74.05 on light volume Thus far, 363,584 shares of Ecolab exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $73.68-$74.51 after having opened the day at $74.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $74.81.

Ecolab Inc. develops and markets programs, products, and services for the hospitality, foodservice, healthcare, industrial, and energy markets. Ecolab has a market cap of $22.2 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 39.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Ecolab a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ecolab as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Ecolab Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Lululemon Athletica ( LULU) is down $0.76 (-1.1%) to $67.40 on light volume Thus far, 629,565 shares of Lululemon Athletica exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $66.35-$67.77 after having opened the day at $67.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $68.16.

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 $7.8 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 43.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 8.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Lululemon Athletica a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 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. Get the full Lululemon Athletica Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, 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).

A reminder about TheStreet Ratings group: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.
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