Ralph Lauren Corp (RL): Today's Featured Consumer Non-Durables Laggard

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Ralph Lauren ( RL) 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 down 0.7%. By the end of trading, Ralph Lauren fell $16.38 (-8.6%) to $173.13 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 3,083,802 shares of Ralph Lauren exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 632,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $172.01-$180.76 after having opened the day at $177.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $189.51. Other companies within the Consumer Non-Durables industry that declined today were: Fuwei Films (Holdings ( FFHL), down 8.7%, Tufco Technologies ( TFCO), down 7.8%, China Xiniya Fashion ( XNY), down 6.2% and Quiksilver ( ZQK), down 5.9%.

Ralph Lauren Corporation engages in the design, marketing, and distribution of lifestyle products. Ralph Lauren has a market cap of $11.4 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 26.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Ralph Lauren a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ralph Lauren as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. 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 positive front, Orient Paper ( ONP), up 7.3%, CTI Industries Corporation ( CTIB), up 5.6%, Female Health Company ( FHCO), up 3.8% and Exceed Company ( EDS), up 3.5%.

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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