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Sector Update Consumer: VF Corp (VFC), Mattel (MAT), Foot Locker, (FL), Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (FCAU), Hanesbrands (HBI)

Consumer stocks were extending their broad advance in afternoon trade, with shares of consumer staples companies in the S&P 500 posting a 2.1% advance while shares of consumer discretionary firms in the S&P 500 were showing a 1.8% increase.

In company news, Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAT) and DHX Media Ltd. on Dec. 16, 2015 announced a new, long-term partnership for the development, production and distribution of a range of new, multi-platform content inspired by the celebrated Mattel properties Bob the BuilderFireman SamLittle People and Polly PocketUnder the terms of the partnership, Mattel and DHX Media will jointly fund, co-develop and co-produce new episodic, short-form, and long-form content for the Mattel properties, designed for a variety of traditional and digital platforms. With Mattel’s additional expertise in brand franchise management, strategy and consumer product licensing, and with DHX’s strength in global content distribution and creation, the companies will drive new production and growth for select Mattel properties.

Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAT) ended last trading session at $ 27.53 with its past 5-day performance at 8.77%.So far in 2014, the company has a year-to-date performance of -5.44%. The stock, as of last close, traded 43.77% above from its 52 week low and was -6.35% behind its 52 week high. Its latest closing price was 15.21% above the SMA200 while the distance from SMA 50 and SMA 20 was 14.55% and 10.02%. Mattel, Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets a range of toy products worldwide. The company operates in three segments: North America, International, and American Girl.
Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE:FL) operates as an athletic shoes and apparel retailer. The company operates in two segments, Athletic Stores and Direct-to-Customers. Foot Locker, Inc. has YTD performance above at 17.62% and moved up 10.04% in last week. Its price, as of the latest close, was up 28.75% compared with the 52 week low and was -15.45% below the 52 week high. The stock completed last trading session at $ 65.08The stock’s latest closing price was below -1.26% from the average-price of 200 days while it kept its distance from the SMA 50 at -2.04% and 0.21%compared with the SMA 20.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (NYSE:FCAU) has shown a downtrend of -0.72% last week with YTD performance of 18.39%. Its latest closing price of $ 13.71 was -9.13% below from an average-price of 200 days while it maintained a distance from the SMA 50 at -5.50% and -1.00% compared with the SMA 20. The stock was above 23.18%from the 52 week low and was -19.73% below the 52 week high.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is the Netherlands-based company active in the automobile industry.

Hanesbrands Inc. (NYSE:HBI)  a consumer goods company, designs, manufactures, sources, and sells a range of basic apparels for men, women, and children in the United States. The year to date performance of Hanesbrands Inc. 7.12% and  -3.66% in the last week. Its price, as of the latest close at $ 29.50, was 14.18% above from the 52 week low and was -14.62% behind the 52 week high. Its latest closing price was -5.94% below from an average-price of 200 days while it kept its distance from the SMA 50 at -2.24% and  -3.92% compared with the SMA 20.

VF Corp (NYSE:VFC) last trading session at $ 63.59 with its past 5-day performance at 1.34%. So far in 2014, the company has a year-to-date performance of -13.47%. The stock, as of last close, traded 4.56% up from its 52 week low and was -16.99% below its 52 week high. Its latest closing price was -9.68% above the SMA200 while the distance from SMA 50 and SMA 20 was -4.47% and -0.48% respectively.
VF Corp designs, manufactures, markets, and distributes branded lifestyle apparel, footwear, and accessories in the United States and Europe.