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Packaging Corporation of America ( PKG) 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 0.7%. By the end of trading, Packaging Corporation of America rose $1.26 (2.0%) to $63.56 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,124,566 shares of Packaging Corporation of America exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 780,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $62.79-$63.93 after having opened the day at $62.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.30. Other companies within the Consumer Non-Durables industry that increased today were: Verso Paper ( VRS), up 36.5%, American Apparel ( APP), up 6.7%, Swisher Hygiene ( SWSH), up 5.4% and Ocean Bio-Chem ( OBCI), up 4.8%.

Packaging Corporation of America engages in the manufacture and sale of containerboard and corrugated packaging products for industrial and consumer markets in the United States. Packaging Corporation of America has a market cap of $6.2 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Packaging Corporation of America a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Packaging Corporation of America 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, notable return on equity, impressive record of earnings per share growth and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Core Molding Technologies ( CMT), down 4.4%, United-Guardian ( UG), down 3.0%, Vince ( VNCE), down 2.6% and Fuwei Films (Holdings ( FFHL), down 2.5% , were all laggards within the consumer non-durables industry with Crocs ( CROX) 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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