Ralph Lauren Corp (RL): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Laggard

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Ralph Lauren ( RL) pushed the Consumer Goods sector lower today making it today's featured Consumer Goods laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Ralph Lauren fell $1.78 (-1.1%) to $163.00 on average volume. Throughout the day, 780,777 shares of Ralph Lauren exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 758,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $161.98-$165.76 after having opened the day at $164.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $164.78. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that declined today were: China Marine Food Group ( CMFO), down 9.4%, S&W Seed Company ( SANW), down 6.8%, Tofutti Brands ( TOF), down 6.5% and Mannatech ( MTEX), down 5.5%.

Ralph Lauren Corporation engages in the design, marketing, and distribution of lifestyle products. Ralph Lauren has a market cap of $10.0 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are up 10.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Ralph Lauren a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ralph Lauren as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, increase in stock price during the past year, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide ( QTWW), up 17.5%, Blyth ( BTH), up 9.2%, Truett-Hurst ( THST), up 9.2% and Universal Electronics ( UEIC), up 5.5% , were all gainers within the consumer goods sector with Brunswick Corporation ( BC) being today's featured consumer goods sector leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the consumer goods sector could consider iShares Dow Jones US Cons Goods ( IYK) while those bearish on the consumer goods sector could consider ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Goods ( SZK).

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