Lululemon Athletica Inc. (LULU): Today's Featured Consumer Non-Durables Winner

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Lululemon Athletica ( LULU) pushed the Consumer Non-Durables industry higher today making it today's featured consumer non-durables winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Lululemon Athletica rose $1.84 (2.7%) to $70.47 on average volume. Throughout the day, two million shares of Lululemon Athletica exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $68.58-$70.53 after having opened the day at $68.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $68.63. Other companies within the Consumer Non-Durables industry that increased today were: Joe's Jeans ( JOEZ), up 9.9%, Coldwater Creek ( CWTR), up 8.7%, DS Healthcare Group ( DSKX), up 6.7%, and Tandy Brands Accessories ( TBAC), up 5.3%.
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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 $7.68 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 42.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 10% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Verso Paper ( VRS), down 12.9%, Vera Bradley ( VRA), down 9.2%, China Shengda Packaging Group ( CPGI), down 6.8%, and Zuoan Fashion ( ZA), down 6.8%, were all laggards within the consumer non-durables industry with Hanesbrands ( HBI) being today's consumer non-durables industry laggard.

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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