Herbalife Ltd. (HLF): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Winner

Herbalife ( HLF) pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today making it today's featured consumer goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Herbalife rose $1.23 (2.7%) to $46.39 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,089,951 shares of Herbalife exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,466,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $45.35-$47.09 after having opened the day at $45.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.16. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that increased today were: SGOCO Group ( SGOC), up 9.6%, Swisher Hygiene ( SWSH), up 7.9%, China New Borun Corporation ( BORN), up 6.7% and China Automotive Systems ( CAAS), up 5.5%.

Herbalife Ltd., a network marketing company, sells weight management, healthy meals and snacks, sports and fitness, energy and targeted nutritional products, and personal care products worldwide. Herbalife has a market cap of $4.6 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 37.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Herbalife a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Herbalife as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Zep ( ZEP), down 19.0%, Tianli Agritech ( OINK), down 7.3%, Westport Innovations ( WPRT), down 6.7% and Virco Manufacturing Corporation ( VIRC), down 6.0% , were all laggards within the consumer goods sector with Mead Johnson Nutrition Company ( MJN) 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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