Nu Skin Enterprises Inc. (NUS): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Laggard

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Nu Skin ( NUS) pushed the Consumer Goods sector lower today making it today's featured Consumer Goods laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.7%. By the end of trading, Nu Skin fell $1.55 (-1.8%) to $83.71 on light volume. Throughout the day, 584,210 shares of Nu Skin exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 989,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $82.60-$85.26 after having opened the day at $85.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $85.26. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that declined today were: American Apparel ( APP), down 7.1%, Hooker Furniture Corporation ( HOFT), down 7.0%, Origin Agritech ( SEED), down 6.5% and Xerium Technologies ( XRM), down 6.5%.

Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. develops and distributes anti-aging personal care products and nutritional supplements under the Nu Skin and Pharmanex brands worldwide. Nu Skin has a market cap of $4.9 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are up 130.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Nu Skin a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nu Skin as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Verso Paper ( VRS), up 13.5%, Kid Brands ( KID), up 13.0%, Global-Tech Advanced Innovations ( GAI), up 11.3% and Cobra Electronics Corporation ( COBR), up 6.1% , were all gainers within the consumer goods sector with Carter's ( CRI) being today's featured consumer goods sector leader.

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