VF Corporation (VFC): Today's Featured Consumer Non-Durables Laggard

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VF Corporation ( VFC) 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 0.3%. By the end of trading, VF Corporation fell $3.04 (-1.5%) to $195.80 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 820,633 shares of VF Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 469,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $193.79-$201.24 after having opened the day at $200.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $198.84. Other companies within the Consumer Non-Durables industry that declined today were: Verso Paper ( VRS), down 8.2%, American Apparel ( APP), down 4.8%, Tufco Technologies ( TFCO), down 4.7% and Mannatech ( MTEX), down 4.6%.

V.F. Corporation designs and manufactures, or sources from independent contractors various apparel and footwear products primarily in the United States and Europe. VF Corporation has a market cap of $22.3 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 34.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate VF Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates VF Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, 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, DS Healthcare Group ( DSKX), up 14.4%, Ever-Glory International Group ( EVK), up 5.0%, STR Holdings ( STRI), up 4.4% and Deswell Industries ( DSWL), up 3.2%.

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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