Ralph Lauren Corp (RL): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Laggard

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Ralph Lauren ( RL) pushed the Consumer Goods sector lower today making it today's featured Consumer Goods laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Ralph Lauren fell $1.97 (-1.3%) to $153.89 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,009,910 shares of Ralph Lauren exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,222,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $153.62-$156.15 after having opened the day at $155.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $155.86. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that declined today were: Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide ( QTWW), down 51.9%, Standard Register ( SR), down 14.2%, Fabrinet ( FN), down 13.9% and Ever-Glory International Group ( EVK), down 11.3%.

Ralph Lauren Corporation designs, markets, and distributes lifestyle products worldwide. Ralph Lauren has a market cap of $9.3 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 11.7% 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 shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, EveryWare Global ( EVRY), up 277.5%, Appliance Recycling Centers Of America ( ARCI), up 28.4%, Sypris Solutions ( SYPR), up 16.9% and Nautilus Group ( NLS), up 10.5% , were all gainers within the consumer goods sector with Hillshire Brands ( HSH) being today's featured consumer goods sector leader.

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