VF Corporation (VFC): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Winner

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VF Corporation ( VFC) pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today making it today's featured consumer goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.9%. By the end of trading, VF Corporation rose $1.32 (2.3%) to $58.75 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,782,506 shares of VF Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,150,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $57.77-$58.83 after having opened the day at $57.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.43. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that increased today were: Tofutti Brands ( TOF), up 14.5%, Swisher Hygiene ( SWSH), up 10.5%, Synutra International ( SYUT), up 9.8% and Universal Corporation ( UVV), up 7.7%.

V.F. Corporation designs and manufactures, or sources from independent contractors various apparel and footwear products primarily in the United States and Europe. VF Corporation has a market cap of $24.7 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are down 7.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate VF Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates VF Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the negative front, Tianli Agritech ( OINK), down 9.7%, Verso Paper ( VRS), down 9.4%, Kid Brands ( KID), down 5.8% and Nova Lifestyle ( NVFY), down 5.4% , were all laggards within the consumer goods sector with Ingredion ( INGR) being today's consumer goods sector laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the consumer goods sector could consider iShares Dow Jones US Cons Goods ( IYK) while those bearish on the consumer goods sector could consider ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Goods ( SZK).

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