VF Corporation (VFC): Today's Featured Consumer Non-Durables Winner

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VF Corporation ( VFC) 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, VF Corporation rose $1.37 (2.3%) to $61.38 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 3,806,902 shares of VF Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,482,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $60.23-$61.99 after having opened the day at $60.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $60.01. Other companies within the Consumer Non-Durables industry that increased today were: Zuoan Fashion ( ZA), up 9.4%, Ever-Glory International Group ( EVK), up 8.9%, Foot Locker ( FL), up 8.8% and Revlon ( REV), up 7.2%.

V.F. Corporation designs and manufactures, or sources from independent contractors various apparel and footwear products primarily in the United States and Europe. VF Corporation has a market cap of $26.4 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 4.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate VF Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates VF Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, Fuwei Films (Holdings ( FFHL), down 6.9%, Standard Register Company ( SR), down 6.9%, Verso Paper ( VRS), down 5.4% and EveryWare Global ( EVRY), down 5.1% , were all laggards within the consumer non-durables industry with Herbalife ( HLF) 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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