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

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VF Corporation ( VFC) pushed the Consumer Non-Durables industry lower today making it today's featured Consumer Non-Durables laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.0%. By the end of trading, VF Corporation fell $1.03 (-1.6%) to $61.60 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,255,641 shares of VF Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,478,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $61.39-$62.88 after having opened the day at $62.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.63. Other companies within the Consumer Non-Durables industry that declined today were: Coldwater Creek ( CWTR), down 12.5%, DS Healthcare Group ( DSKX), down 7.0%, EveryWare Global ( EVRY), down 6.2% and Verso Paper ( VRS), down 5.6%.

V.F. Corporation designs, 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 $27.4 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 0.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Perry Ellis International ( PERY), up 3.1%, Superior Uniform Group ( SGC), up 2.9%, Orient Paper ( ONP), up 2.5% and UFP Technologies ( UFPT), up 2.3%.

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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