Ecolab Inc. (ECL): Today's Featured Consumer Non-Durables Winner

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Ecolab ( ECL) 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 0.1%. By the end of trading, Ecolab rose $2.19 (2.1%) to $104.58 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,575,628 shares of Ecolab exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,087,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $102.14-$105.04 after having opened the day at $102.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $102.39. Other companies within the Consumer Non-Durables industry that increased today were: Coldwater Creek ( CWTR), up 12.2%, Fifth & Pacific Companies ( FNP), up 12.0%, Standard Register Company ( SR), up 5.8% and DS Healthcare Group ( DSKX), up 4.9%.

Ecolab Inc. develops and markets programs, products, and services for hospitality, foodservice, healthcare, industrial, and energy markets worldwide. It operates through four segments: Global Industrial, Global Institutional, Global Energy, and Other. Ecolab has a market cap of $30.8 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 1.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Ecolab a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ecolab as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. 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, EveryWare Global ( EVRY), down 21.5%, Perry Ellis International ( PERY), down 17.5%, Swisher Hygiene ( SWSH), down 7.3% and Ever-Glory International Group ( EVK), down 4.4% , were all laggards within the consumer non-durables industry with Nu Skin ( NUS) 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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