Herbalife Ltd. (HLF): Today's Featured Consumer Non-Durables Laggard

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Herbalife ( HLF) 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 0.7%. By the end of trading, Herbalife fell $0.60 (-1.0%) to $57.46 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,062,465 shares of Herbalife exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,648,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $56.54-$58.00 after having opened the day at $58.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.06. Other companies within the Consumer Non-Durables industry that declined today were: Crocs ( CROX), down 20.2%, Mannatech ( MTEX), down 8.2%, Graphic Packaging ( GPK), down 3.0% and Titan International ( TWI), down 3.0%.

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 $6.1 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 79.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the positive front, Under Armour ( UA), up 12.2%, Northern Technologies International ( NTIC), up 8.6%, International Paper ( IP), up 6.3% and Verso Paper ( VRS), up 6.2% , were all gainers within the consumer non-durables industry with Colgate-Palmolive Company ( CL) 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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