Ralph Lauren Corp (RL): Today's Featured Consumer Non-Durables Laggard

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Ralph Lauren ( RL) 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 0.2%. By the end of trading, Ralph Lauren fell $2.02 (-1.2%) to $167.20 on average volume. Throughout the day, 763,025 shares of Ralph Lauren exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 918,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $165.77-$170.26 after having opened the day at $169.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $169.22. Other companies within the Consumer Non-Durables industry that declined today were: Coldwater Creek ( CWTR), down 5.6%, STR Holdings ( STRI), down 5.5%, Steven Madden ( SHOO), down 3.8%, and Tandy Brands Accessories ( TBAC), down 3.5%.
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Ralph Lauren Corporation engages in the design, marketing, and distribution of lifestyle products. Ralph Lauren has a market cap of $10.42 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate Ralph Lauren a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ralph Lauren as a buy. 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, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, Blyth ( BTH), up 5.8%, Ocean Bio-Chem ( OBCI), up 4.9%, Standard Register Company ( SR), up 4.2%, and Resolute Forest Products ( RFP), up 3.8%, were all gainers within the consumer non-durables industry with Kimberly-Clark Corporation ( KMB) 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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