Procter & Gamble Co (PG): Today's Featured Consumer Non-Durables Laggard

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Procter & Gamble ( PG) 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 down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Procter & Gamble fell $1.05 (-1.4%) to $76.34 on average volume. Throughout the day, 14.1 million shares of Procter & Gamble exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.8 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $76.34-$77.38 after having opened the day at $77.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.39. Other companies within the Consumer Non-Durables industry that declined today were: DS Healthcare Group ( DSKX), down 15.3%, Standard Register Company ( SR), down 14.8%, Blyth ( BTH), down 10.4%, and China Xiniya Fashion ( XNY), down 8.3%.
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The Procter & Gamble Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of a range of branded consumer packaged goods. The company operates in five segments: Beauty, Grooming, Health Care, Fabric Care and Home Care, and Baby Care and Family Care. Procter & Gamble has a market cap of $209.79 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Procter & Gamble a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and nine rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Procter & Gamble as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and compelling growth in net income. 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 positive front, China Shengda Packaging Group ( CPGI), up 6.4%, PH Glatfelter Company ( GLT), up 5%, Zuoan Fashion ( ZA), up 4.7%, and Exceed Company ( EDS), up 4.3%, were all gainers within the consumer non-durables industry with Carter's ( CRI) 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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