Estee Lauder Cos Inc (EL): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Winner

Estee Lauder Cos ( EL) pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today making it today's featured consumer goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 1.4%. By the end of trading, Estee Lauder Cos rose $0.83 (1.3%) to $66.47 on light volume. Throughout the day, 978,400 shares of Estee Lauder Cos exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,785,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $66.22-$67.03 after having opened the day at $66.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $65.64. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that increased today were: STR Holdings ( STRI), up 12.8%, Westport Innovations ( WPRT), up 9.3%, Verso Paper ( VRS), up 7.5% and Coldwater Creek ( CWTR), up 7.3%.

The Estee Lauder Companies Inc. engages in the manufacture, marketing, and sale of skin care, makeup, fragrance, and hair care products worldwide. Estee Lauder Cos has a market cap of $15.5 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Estee Lauder Cos a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Estee Lauder Cos as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth 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 negative front, Tianli Agritech ( OINK), down 4.2%, Le Gaga Holdings ( GAGA), down 3.8%, China Shengda Packaging Group ( CPGI), down 3.4% and United-Guardian ( UG), down 3.3% , were all laggards within the consumer goods sector with McCormick & Company ( MKC) being today's consumer goods sector laggard.

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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