Avon Products Inc (AVP): Today's Featured Consumer Non-Durables Laggard

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Avon Products ( AVP) 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 up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Avon Products fell $0.25 (-1.0%) to $23.95 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,729,168 shares of Avon Products exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,951,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $23.92-$24.43 after having opened the day at $24.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.20. Other companies within the Consumer Non-Durables industry that declined today were: Joe's Jeans ( JOEZ), down 6.9%, Ever-Glory International Group ( EVK), down 5.6%, Mercer International ( MERC), down 5.1% and Mannatech ( MTEX), down 5.0%.
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Avon Products, Inc. manufactures and markets beauty and related products. Avon Products has a market cap of $10.4 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 68.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Avon Products a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Avon Products as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Wausau Paper Corporation ( WPP), down 8.0%, Tufco Technologies ( TFCO), down 7.0%, Summer Infant ( SUMR), down 6.0% and Forward Industries ( FORD), down 3.6% , were all gainers within the consumer non-durables industry with Ralph Lauren ( RL) 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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