Foot Locker Inc (FL): Today's Featured Consumer Non-Durables Winner

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Foot Locker ( FL) 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 down 0.7%. By the end of trading, Foot Locker rose $0.55 (1.4%) to $39.40 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,577,683 shares of Foot Locker exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,769,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $38.66-$39.80 after having opened the day at $38.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.85. Other companies within the Consumer Non-Durables industry that increased today were: Standard Register Company ( SR), up 8.2%, Columbia Sportswear Company ( COLM), up 7.0%, Neenah Paper ( NP), up 6.2% and China Xiniya Fashion ( XNY), up 4.0%.

Foot Locker, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a retailer of athletic footwear and apparel. The company operates in two segments, Athletic Stores and Direct-to-Customers. Foot Locker has a market cap of $5.7 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 6.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Foot Locker a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Foot Locker as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Forward Industries ( FORD), down 8.2%, Northern Technologies International ( NTIC), down 8.2%, DS Healthcare Group ( DSKX), down 4.9% and Summer Infant ( SUMR), down 4.5% , were all laggards within the consumer non-durables industry with Colgate-Palmolive Company ( CL) 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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