Ralph Lauren Corp (RL): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Laggard

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Ralph Lauren ( RL) pushed the Consumer Goods sector lower today making it today's featured Consumer Goods laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, Ralph Lauren fell $2.50 (-1.4%) to $178.47 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1,088,232 shares of Ralph Lauren exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 587,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $178.37-$183.29 after having opened the day at $182.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $180.97. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that declined today were: Furniture Brands International ( FBN), down 85.6%, Central European Distribution ( CEDC), down 11.1%, Tianli Agritech ( OINK), down 9.0% and China Zenix Auto International Ltd ADR ( ZX), down 8.3%.
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Ralph Lauren Corporation engages in the design, marketing, and distribution of lifestyle products. Ralph Lauren has a market cap of $11.0 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 20.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Ralph Lauren a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 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 growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures 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, Ocean Bio-Chem ( OBCI), down 19.2%, Tesla Motors ( TSLA), down 13.7%, DS Healthcare Group ( DSKX), down 11.4% and Federal-Mogul ( FDML), down 9.9% , were all gainers within the consumer goods sector with Johnson Controls ( JCI) 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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