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 down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Herbalife fell $0.74 (-1.1%) to $65.37 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,737,292 shares of Herbalife exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,271,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $65.25-$66.47 after having opened the day at $66.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.11. Other companies within the Consumer Non-Durables industry that declined today were: Exceed Company ( EDS), down 13.3%, Standard Register Company ( SR), down 11.3%, Mobile Mini ( MINI), down 6.1% and Inter Parfums ( IPAR), down 5.1%.

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 $6.7 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 97.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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, increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. 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, Ever-Glory International Group ( EVK), up 4.0%, Zuoan Fashion ( ZA), up 3.7%, American Apparel ( APP), up 3.2% and G-III Apparel Group ( GIII), up 2.7%.

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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