Under Armour Inc. (UA): Today's Featured Consumer Non-Durables Winner

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Under Armour ( UA) pushed the Consumer Non-Durables industry higher today making it today's featured consumer non-durables winner. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Under Armour rose $5.49 (5.1%) to $112.68 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2,842,329 shares of Under Armour exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,249,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $107.65-$114.22 after having opened the day at $107.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $107.19. Other companies within the Consumer Non-Durables industry that increased today were: Standard Register Company ( SR), up 10.4%, UniFirst Corporation ( UNF), up 7.4%, Steven Madden ( SHOO), up 4.2% and Joe's Jeans ( JOEZ), up 4.0%.

Under Armour, Inc. engages in the development, marketing, and distribution of branded performance apparel, footwear, and accessories for men, women, and youth primarily in North America, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Under Armour has a market cap of $9.2 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 22.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Under Armour a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 17 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Under Armour 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, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value.

On the negative front, Ever-Glory International Group ( EVK), down 13.9%, Orient Paper ( ONP), down 10.3%, American Apparel ( APP), down 6.1% and Blyth ( BTH), down 4.4% , were all laggards within the consumer non-durables industry with Deckers Outdoor Corporation ( DECK) 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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