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 up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Ralph Lauren rose $1.82 (1.0%) to $177.19 on average volume. Throughout the day, 665,612 shares of Ralph Lauren exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 816,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $175.37-$178.59 after having opened the day at $175.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $175.37. Other companies within the Consumer Non-Durables industry that increased today were: Tandy Brands Accessories ( TBAC), up 8.4%, Xerium Technologies ( XRM), up 8.2%, Sequential Brands Group ( SQBG), up 7.5% and American Apparel ( APP), up 6.7%.

Ralph Lauren Corporation engages in the design, marketing, and distribution of lifestyle products. Ralph Lauren has a market cap of $10.7 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 0.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 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, Nu Skin ( NUS), down 4.2%, Summer Infant ( SUMR), down 3.7%, Titan International ( TWI), down 3.3% and STR Holdings ( STRI), 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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