PVH Corp (PVH): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Laggard

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PVH ( PVH) pushed the Consumer Goods sector lower today making it today's featured Consumer Goods laggard. The sector as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, PVH fell $1.80 (-1.6%) to $114.26 on average volume. Throughout the day, one million shares of PVH exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $113.90-$116.26 after having opened the day at $116.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $116.06. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that declined today were: Central European Distribution ( CEDC), down 20.4%, Furniture Brands International ( FBN), down 6.2%, Coldwater Creek ( CWTR), down 5.6%, and STR Holdings ( STRI), down 5.5%.
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PVH Corp. operates as an apparel company in the United States, Canada, Europe, and internationally. PVH has a market cap of $8.33 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 31.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate PVH a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and one rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PVH as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. 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, Primo Water ( PRMW), up 24.8%, Tianli Agritech ( OINK), up 14.3%, Federal Signal ( FSS), up 9%, and Castle Brands Incorporated ( ROX), up 7.9%, were all gainers within the consumer goods sector with VF Corporation ( VFC) being today's featured consumer goods sector leader.

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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