Estee Lauder Cos Inc (EL): Today's Featured Consumer Non-Durables Laggard

Estee Lauder Cos ( EL) pushed the Consumer Non-Durables industry lower today making it today's featured Consumer Non-Durables laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.1%. By the end of trading, Estee Lauder Cos fell $1.33 (-2.0%) to $66.59 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2,645,140 shares of Estee Lauder Cos exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,721,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $66.03-$67.80 after having opened the day at $67.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $67.92. Other companies within the Consumer Non-Durables industry that declined today were: STR Holdings ( STRI), down 2.8%, KapStone Paper And Packaging Corporation ( KS), down 2.2%, Orient Paper ( ONP), down 2.2% and Blyth ( BTH), down 2.2%.

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 $16.2 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 13.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 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. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value.

On the positive front, Tandy Brands Accessories ( TBAC), up 13.1%, Prestige Brands Holdings ( PBH), up 10.9%, Tufco Technologies ( TFCO), up 10.8% and Ever-Glory International Group ( EVK), up 5.0% , were all gainers within the consumer non-durables industry with Procter & Gamble ( PG) being today's featured consumer non-durables industry leader.

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