Rock-Tenn Company (RKT): Today's Featured Consumer Non-Durables Laggard

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Rock-Tenn Company ( RKT) 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 0.2%. By the end of trading, Rock-Tenn Company fell $1.41 (-1.4%) to $100.29 on average volume. Throughout the day, 801,191 shares of Rock-Tenn Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 840,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $99.92-$101.84 after having opened the day at $101.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $101.70. Other companies within the Consumer Non-Durables industry that declined today were: Tandy Brands Accessories ( TBAC), down 8.8%, Swisher Hygiene ( SWSH), down 6.2%, Blyth ( BTH), down 5.0% and Fuwei Films (Holdings ( FFHL), down 3.5%.

Rock-Tenn Company manufactures and sells corrugated and consumer packaging products in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Puerto Rico, and China. The company operates in three segments: Corrugated Packaging, Consumer Packaging, and Recycling. Rock-Tenn Company has a market cap of $7.3 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 44.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Rock-Tenn Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Rock-Tenn Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, American Apparel ( APP), up 7.8%, Standard Register Company ( SR), up 7.1%, Orient Paper ( ONP), up 5.0% and Ever-Glory International Group ( EVK), up 4.4% , were all gainers within the consumer non-durables industry with Lululemon Athletica ( LULU) 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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