International Paper Co. (IP): Today's Featured Consumer Non-Durables Laggard

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International Paper ( IP) 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 0.6%. By the end of trading, International Paper fell $0.64 (-1.3%) to $48.85 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,391,480 shares of International Paper exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,128,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $48.49-$49.32 after having opened the day at $49.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.49. Other companies within the Consumer Non-Durables industry that declined today were: Tandy Brands Accessories ( TBAC), down 7.7%, ACCO Brands ( ACCO), down 5.8%, Ever-Glory International Group ( EVK), down 5.4% and STR Holdings ( STRI), down 4.9%.

International Paper Company operates as a paper and packaging company in North America, Europe, Latin America, Russia, Asia, and North Africa. International Paper has a market cap of $21.5 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 24.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate International Paper a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates International Paper as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, increase in stock price during the past year, compelling growth in net income and impressive record of earnings per share growth. 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 positive front, China XD Plastics ( CXDC), up 4.1%, Mannatech ( MTEX), up 3.5%, China Xiniya Fashion ( XNY), up 3.1% and Fibria Celulose ( FBR), up 3.1% , were all gainers within the consumer non-durables industry with Herbalife ( HLF) 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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