Lululemon Athletica Inc. (LULU): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Winner

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Lululemon Athletica ( LULU) pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today making it today's featured consumer goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Lululemon Athletica rose $0.81 (1.6%) to $52.33 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,717,946 shares of Lululemon Athletica exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,287,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $51.68-$52.75 after having opened the day at $51.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.52. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that increased today were: Jakks Pacific ( JAKK), up 23.2%, Kid Brands ( KID), up 11.7%, Cooper-Standard Holdings ( CPS), up 8.8% and China Shengda Packaging Group ( CPGI), up 8.2%.

lululemon athletica inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and distributes athletic apparel and accessories for women, men, and female youth. It operates in three segments: Corporate-Owned Stores, Direct To Consumer, and Other. Lululemon Athletica has a market cap of $5.9 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are down 12.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Lululemon Athletica a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lululemon Athletica as a hold. 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 and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Mannatech ( MTEX), down 10.4%, EveryWare Global ( EVRY), down 8.4%, Rocky Brands ( RCKY), down 7.4% and Coldwater Creek ( CWTR), down 6.4% , were all laggards within the consumer goods sector with Herbalife ( HLF) being today's consumer goods sector laggard.

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