Ecolab Inc. (ECL): Today's Featured Consumer Non-Durables Laggard

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Ecolab ( ECL) 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 0.1%. By the end of trading, Ecolab fell $1.09 (-1.1%) to $93.68 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,178,149 shares of Ecolab exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,187,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $93.55-$95.00 after having opened the day at $95.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $94.77. Other companies within the Consumer Non-Durables industry that declined today were: Tandy Brands Accessories ( TBAC), down 6.1%, Swisher Hygiene ( SWSH), down 5.1%, Tufco Technologies ( TFCO), down 4.5% and Zuoan Fashion ( ZA), down 3.5%.

Ecolab Inc. develops and markets programs, products, and services for hospitality, foodservice, healthcare, industrial, and energy markets worldwide. It operates through four segments: Global Industrial, Global Institutional, Global Energy, and Other. Ecolab has a market cap of $27.9 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 31.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Ecolab a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ecolab as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the positive front, Maidenform Brands ( MFB), up 22.4%, Rocky Brands ( RCKY), up 14.0%, Hanesbrands ( HBI), up 7.9% and STR Holdings ( STRI), up 7.0% , were all gainers within the consumer non-durables industry with Rock-Tenn Company ( RKT) being today's featured consumer non-durables industry leader.

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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