Ralph Lauren Corp (RL): Today's Featured Consumer Non-Durables Winner

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Ralph Lauren ( RL) 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, Ralph Lauren rose $2.80 (1.6%) to $178.90 on light volume. Throughout the day, 432,929 shares of Ralph Lauren exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 595,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $175.33-$178.96 after having opened the day at $175.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $176.10. Other companies within the Consumer Non-Durables industry that increased today were: Verso Paper ( VRS), up 7.5%, Fifth & Pacific Companies ( FNP), up 4.0%, EveryWare Global ( EVRY), up 3.7% and Tredegar Corporation ( TG), up 3.6%.
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Ralph Lauren Corporation engages in the design, marketing, and distribution of lifestyle products. Ralph Lauren has a market cap of $10.6 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 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 solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. 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, Tufco Technologies ( TFCO), down 8.3%, DS Healthcare Group ( DSKX), down 6.7%, Swisher Hygiene ( SWSH), down 4.5% and KapStone Paper And Packaging Corporation ( KS), down 2.5%.

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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