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

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Lululemon Athletica ( LULU) 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 0.6%. By the end of trading, Lululemon Athletica fell $0.96 (-1.3%) to $74.14 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,539,340 shares of Lululemon Athletica exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,867,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $73.45-$75.69 after having opened the day at $74.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $75.10. Other companies within the Consumer Non-Durables industry that declined today were: Delta Apparel ( DLA), down 16.2%, Deckers Outdoor Corporation ( DECK), down 8.6%, Fibria Celulose ( FBR), down 5.5% and ACCO Brands ( ACCO), down 5.1%.
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lululemon athletica inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and distributes athletic apparel and accessories for women, men, and female youth. It operates in three segments: Corporate-Owned Stores, Direct To Consumer, and Other. Lululemon Athletica has a market cap of $8.5 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 41.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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 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, China Shengda Packaging Group ( CPGI), down 12.6%, STR Holdings ( STRI), down 8.4%, Exceed Company ( EDS), down 6.3% and Orient Paper ( ONP), down 5.5% , 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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