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 down 1.9%. By the end of trading, Ecolab fell $1.84 (-2.0%) to $90.60 on light volume. Throughout the day, 710,528 shares of Ecolab exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,131,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $90.56-$91.88 after having opened the day at $91.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $92.44. Other companies within the Consumer Non-Durables industry that declined today were: Fuwei Films (Holdings ( FFHL), down 27.5%, Verso Paper ( VRS), down 7.5%, Rocky Brands ( RCKY), down 5.5% and Weyco Group ( WEYS), down 4.7%.

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 $27.6 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 27.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Ecolab a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 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, growth in earnings per share, 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, Mannatech ( MTEX), up 6.6%, Swisher Hygiene ( SWSH), up 3.6%, Zuoan Fashion ( ZA), up 3.5% and Ocean Bio-Chem ( OBCI), up 2.7% , were all gainers within the consumer non-durables industry with Goodyear Tire & Rubber ( GT) 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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