Estee Lauder Cos Inc (EL): Today's Featured Consumer Non-Durables Laggard

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Estee Lauder Cos ( EL) 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, Estee Lauder Cos fell $1.39 (-1.9%) to $73.10 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2,275,283 shares of Estee Lauder Cos exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,452,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $72.56-$74.10 after having opened the day at $73.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $74.49. Other companies within the Consumer Non-Durables industry that declined today were: Tandy Brands Accessories ( TBAC), down 8.5%, Mannatech ( MTEX), down 7.9%, Swisher Hygiene ( SWSH), down 6.8% and Ocean Bio-Chem ( OBCI), down 3.7%.

The Estee Lauder Companies Inc. manufactures, markets, and sells skin care, makeup, fragrance, and hair care products worldwide. Estee Lauder Cos has a market cap of $17.9 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 25.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Estee Lauder Cos a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Estee Lauder Cos as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, G-III Apparel Group ( GIII), up 13.3%, United-Guardian ( UG), up 5.9%, Ever-Glory International Group ( EVK), up 4.5% and Xerium Technologies ( XRM), up 3.8% , were all gainers within the consumer non-durables industry with Packaging Corporation of America ( PKG) 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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