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

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VF ( 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 down 1.0%. By the end of trading, VF rose $1.33 (2.2%) to $61.44 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,992,864 shares of VF exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,433,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $60.46-$62.22 after having opened the day at $60.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $60.11. Other companies within the Consumer Non-Durables industry that increased today were: Prestige Brands Holdings ( PBH), up 18.1%, Deckers Outdoor ( DECK), up 5.9%, Hanesbrands ( HBI), up 4.7% and Forward Industries ( FORD), up 2.2%.

V.F. Corporation designs, manufactures, or sources from independent contractors various apparel and footwear products primarily in the United States and Europe. VF has a market cap of $26.6 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 3.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate VF a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates VF 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 shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Standard Register ( SR), down 22.3%, Delta Apparel ( DLA), down 11.9%, DS Healthcare Group ( DSKX), down 8.8% and Myers Industries ( MYE), down 4.5% , were all laggards within the consumer non-durables industry with Lululemon Athletica ( LULU) 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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