International Paper Co. (IP): Today's Featured Consumer Non-Durables Winner

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International Paper ( IP) 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 1.7%. By the end of trading, International Paper rose $0.54 (1.1%) to $47.69 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,222,655 shares of International Paper exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,063,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $46.64-$47.74 after having opened the day at $47.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.15. Other companies within the Consumer Non-Durables industry that increased today were: China Shengda Packaging Group ( CPGI), up 16.7%, Coach ( COH), up 9.8%, Blyth ( BTH), up 9.1% and Quiksilver ( ZQK), up 6.2%.
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International Paper Company operates as a paper and packaging company in North America, Europe, Latin America, Russia, Asia, and North Africa. International Paper has a market cap of $20.3 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 18.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates International Paper as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Tandy Brands Accessories ( TBAC), down 8.3%, Fuwei Films (Holdings ( FFHL), down 4.0%, Orient Paper ( ONP), down 1.9% and Tandy Leather Factory ( TLF), down 1.7%.

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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