Procter & Gamble Co (PG): Today's Featured Consumer Non-Durables Winner

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Procter & Gamble ( PG) 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 0.4%. By the end of trading, Procter & Gamble rose $0.93 (1.2%) to $78.96 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7,187,150 shares of Procter & Gamble exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9,504,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $78.25-$79.47 after having opened the day at $78.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $78.03. Other companies within the Consumer Non-Durables industry that increased today were: Xerium Technologies ( XRM), up 7.4%, KapStone Paper And Packaging Corporation ( KS), up 6.1%, EveryWare Global ( EVRY), up 5.7% and AEP Industries ( AEPI), up 4.9%.
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The Procter & Gamble Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of a range of branded consumer packaged goods. The company operates in five segments: Beauty, Grooming, Health Care, Fabric Care and Home Care, and Baby Care and Family Care. Procter & Gamble has a market cap of $215.0 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Procter & Gamble a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Procter & Gamble as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. 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 negative front, Coldwater Creek ( CWTR), down 7.2%, STR Holdings ( STRI), down 4.7%, Mannatech ( MTEX), down 3.8% and Resolute Forest Products ( RFP), down 3.7% , were all laggards within the consumer non-durables industry with Lululemon Athletica ( LULU) being today's consumer non-durables industry laggard.

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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