Lululemon Athletica Inc. (LULU): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Winner

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Lululemon Athletica ( LULU) pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today making it today's featured consumer goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 1.2%. By the end of trading, Lululemon Athletica rose $1.79 (2.6%) to $71.28 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,980,551 shares of Lululemon Athletica exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,354,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $70.63-$72.71 after having opened the day at $70.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $69.49. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that increased today were: AEP Industries ( AEPI), up 17.1%, Tredegar Corporation ( TG), up 13.6%, Mannatech ( MTEX), up 10.8% and Lifeway Foods ( LWAY), up 9.3%.

lululemon athletica inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and distributes athletic apparel and accessories for women, men, and female youth. It operates in three segments: Corporate-Owned Stores, Direct To Consumer, and Other. Lululemon Athletica has a market cap of $7.9 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are down 8.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Lululemon Athletica a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lululemon Athletica as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value.

On the negative front, Verso Paper ( VRS), down 11.2%, Kid Brands ( KID), down 8.7%, China Shengda Packaging Group ( CPGI), down 8.6% and Standard Register Company ( SR), down 7.4%.

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