Herbalife Ltd. (HLF): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Winner

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Herbalife ( HLF) pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today making it today's featured consumer goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, Herbalife rose $0.93 (1.6%) to $58.20 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,902,581 shares of Herbalife exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,825,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $56.70-$58.35 after having opened the day at $57.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.27. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that increased today were: Coldwater Creek ( CWTR), up 40.0%, Amira Nature Foods ( ANFI), up 8.0%, Verso Paper ( VRS), up 6.2% and Tredegar Corporation ( TG), up 6.2%.

Herbalife Ltd., a nutrition company, sells weight management, healthy meals and snacks, sports and fitness, energy and targeted nutritional products, and personal care products worldwide. Herbalife has a market cap of $5.6 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are down 27.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Herbalife a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Herbalife as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. 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 53.8%, Forward Industries ( FORD), down 7.7%, Elecsys Corporation ( ESYS), down 6.3% and American Lorain ( ALN), down 5.9% , were all laggards within the consumer goods sector with Tempur Sealy International ( TPX) being today's consumer goods sector laggard.

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