Herbalife Ltd. (HLF): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Winner

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Herbalife ( HLF) pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today making it today's featured consumer goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Herbalife rose $3.23 (4.7%) to $71.65 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 4,831,961 shares of Herbalife exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,724,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $66.76-$73.18 after having opened the day at $67.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $68.42. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that increased today were: Tandy Brands Accessories ( TBAC), up 20.6%, Agria Corporation ( GRO), up 12.0%, Castle Brands Incorporated ( ROX), up 10.7% and Fifth & Pacific Companies ( FNP), up 7.4%.

Herbalife Ltd., through its subsidiaries, produces and distributes weight management, healthy meals and snacks, sports and fitness, energy and targeted nutritional products, and personal care products worldwide. Herbalife has a market cap of $7.1 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 107.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Herbalife a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Herbalife 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, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front, SGOCO Group ( SGOC), down 7.3%, Forward Industries ( FORD), down 6.6%, Synutra International ( SYUT), down 5.2% and Elecsys Corporation ( ESYS), down 5.0% , were all laggards within the consumer goods sector with Coca-Cola ( CCE) being today's consumer goods sector laggard.

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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