Rock-Tenn Company (RKT): Today's Featured Consumer Non-Durables Laggard

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Rock-Tenn Company ( RKT) pushed the Consumer Non-Durables industry lower today making it today's featured Consumer Non-Durables laggard. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Rock-Tenn Company fell $1.75 (-1.5%) to $111.81 on average volume. Throughout the day, 433,030 shares of Rock-Tenn Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 566,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $110.62-$114.20 after having opened the day at $114.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $113.56. Other companies within the Consumer Non-Durables industry that declined today were: Verso Paper ( VRS), down 6.4%, Coldwater Creek ( CWTR), down 3.6%, STR Holdings ( STRI), down 2.9% and Greif ( GEF), down 2.8%.

Rock-Tenn Company manufactures and sells corrugated and consumer packaging products in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Puerto Rico, and China. Rock-Tenn Company has a market cap of $8.2 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 62.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Rock-Tenn Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Rock-Tenn Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, Quiksilver ( ZQK), up 31.7%, Blyth ( BTH), up 6.4%, Mannatech ( MTEX), up 4.2% and Zuoan Fashion ( ZA), up 2.8% , were all gainers within the consumer non-durables industry with Owens-Illinois ( OI) 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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