Nike Inc. (NKE): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Laggard

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Nike ( NKE) pushed the Consumer Goods sector lower today making it today's featured Consumer Goods laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 2.5%. By the end of trading, Nike fell $0.97 (-1.6%) to $60.78 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,812,437 shares of Nike exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,418,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $60.64-$61.63 after having opened the day at $61.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.75. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that declined today were: Tianli Agritech ( OINK), down 11.4%, Navistar International ( NAV), down 11.2%, Swisher Hygiene ( SWSH), down 9.3% and Stoneridge ( SRI), down 8.2%.
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NIKE, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the design, development, marketing, and sale of footwear, apparel, equipment, and accessories for men, women, and children worldwide. Nike has a market cap of $44.5 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 19.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Nike a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nike as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Virco Manufacturing Corporation ( VIRC), down 3.5%, SodaStream International ( SODA), down 2.5%, Motorcar Parts of America ( MPAA), down 2.5% and Standard Register Company ( SR), down 2.1%.

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