VF Corporation (VFC): Today's Featured Consumer Non-Durables Laggard

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VF Corporation ( VFC) 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 up 0.5%. By the end of trading, VF Corporation fell $3.04 (-5.1%) to $56.85 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 8,273,227 shares of VF Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,179,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $55.14-$57.11 after having opened the day at $56.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.89. Other companies within the Consumer Non-Durables industry that declined today were: Summer Infant ( SUMR), down 4.7%, CTI Industries Corporation ( CTIB), down 4.4%, American Apparel ( APP), down 4.4% and Oxford Industries ( OXM), down 3.7%.

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 $26.1 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 3.9% 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 positive front, Northern Technologies International ( NTIC), up 18.0%, Mannatech ( MTEX), up 15.7%, Coty ( COTY), up 7.4% and Zuoan Fashion ( ZA), up 7.3% , were all gainers within the consumer non-durables industry with Kimberly-Clark Corporation ( KMB) 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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