Ralph Lauren Corp (RL): Today's Featured Consumer Non-Durables Winner

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Ralph Lauren ( RL) pushed the Consumer Non-Durables industry higher today making it today's featured consumer non-durables winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Ralph Lauren rose $1.93 (1.1%) to $173.02 on average volume. Throughout the day, 919,404 shares of Ralph Lauren exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 850,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $169.86-$173.39 after having opened the day at $170.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $171.09. Other companies within the Consumer Non-Durables industry that increased today were: Oxford Industries ( OXM), up 5.2%, AEP Industries ( AEPI), up 4.5%, Tandy Brands Accessories ( TBAC), up 3.9% and Superior Uniform Group ( SGC), up 3.7%.

Ralph Lauren Corporation engages in the design, marketing, and distribution of lifestyle products. Ralph Lauren has a market cap of $10.4 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Lululemon Athletica ( LULU), down 11.7%, Verso Paper ( VRS), down 9.5%, American Apparel ( APP), down 5.2% and Delta Apparel ( DLA), down 3.3% , were all laggards within the consumer non-durables industry with Herbalife ( HLF) being today's consumer non-durables industry laggard.

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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