Ralph Lauren Corp (RL): Today's Featured Consumer Non-Durables Winner

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Ralph Lauren ( RL) 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 0.6%. By the end of trading, Ralph Lauren rose $2.79 (1.7%) to $163.72 on average volume. Throughout the day, 954,320 shares of Ralph Lauren exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,209,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $160.99-$163.72 after having opened the day at $161.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $160.93. Other companies within the Consumer Non-Durables industry that increased today were: Coldwater Creek ( CWTR), up 40.0%, Verso Paper ( VRS), up 6.2%, Tredegar Corporation ( TG), up 6.2% and Deswell Industries ( DSWL), up 5.3%.

Ralph Lauren Corporation designs, markets, and distributes lifestyle products worldwide. Ralph Lauren has a market cap of $9.4 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 8.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Ralph Lauren a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ralph Lauren as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, EveryWare Global ( EVRY), down 53.8%, Forward Industries ( FORD), down 7.7%, China Shengda Packaging Group ( CPGI), down 5.5% and Xerium Technologies ( XRM), down 3.3%.

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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