Lululemon Athletica Inc. (LULU): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Laggard

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Lululemon Athletica ( LULU) pushed the Consumer Goods sector lower today making it today's featured Consumer Goods laggard. The sector as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Lululemon Athletica fell $0.86 (-1.7%) to $48.79 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,594,953 shares of Lululemon Athletica exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,435,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $48.50-$49.91 after having opened the day at $49.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.65. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that declined today were: Nu Skin ( NUS), down 38.5%, Herbalife ( HLF), down 9.8%, Deckers Outdoor Corporation ( DECK), down 8.9% and Forward Industries ( FORD), down 4.9%.

lululemon athletica inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and distributes athletic apparel and accessories for women, men, and female youth. It operates in three segments: Corporate-Owned Stores, Direct To Consumer, and Other. Lululemon Athletica has a market cap of $5.7 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 15.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Lululemon Athletica a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lululemon Athletica as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, impressive record of earnings per share growth, expanding profit margins and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, Helen of Troy ( HELE), up 9.3%, Amira Nature Foods ( ANFI), up 8.3%, Zuoan Fashion ( ZA), up 7.4% and Appliance Recycling Centers Of America ( ARCI), up 5.3% , were all gainers within the consumer goods sector with Altria Group ( MO) being today's featured consumer goods sector leader.

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