Herbalife Ltd. (HLF): Today's Featured Consumer Non-Durables Winner

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Herbalife ( HLF) 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, Herbalife rose $2.54 (3.8%) to $68.93 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,840,042 shares of Herbalife exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,666,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $66.71-$69.18 after having opened the day at $67.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.39. Other companies within the Consumer Non-Durables industry that increased today were: Forward Industries ( FORD), up 8.3%, Nu Skin ( NUS), up 4.8%, Vera Bradley ( VRA), up 4.3% and Standard Register Company ( SR), up 4.2%.

See "Document Management" for notes from Lehman Small Cap Conference in 11/2006. Herbalife has a market cap of $6.7 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 15.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Herbalife a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Herbalife as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front, Wolverine World Wide ( WWW), down 9.2%, China Xiniya Fashion ( XNY), down 3.9%, Fuwei Films (Holdings ( FFHL), down 3.7% and Coty ( COTY), down 3.7%.

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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