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Avon, Jacobs Engineering: S&P Laggards

Stock quotes in this article: ^GSPC, AVP, JEC

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Avon Products (AVP) and Jacobs Engineering Group (JEC) were among the worst-performing stocks in the S&P 500 on Tuesday.

The S&P 500 rose 7.91 points, or 0.57% to 1,405.82 as Wall Street began May on a positive note with investors encouraged by a strong read on manufacturing activity last month.

Shares of Avon Products dropped 8.01% to $19.87 on Tuesday. The beauty products company reported first-quarter earnings of $26.5 million, or 6 cents a share, down from year-earlier earnings of $143.6 million, or 33 cents per share.

The stock currently trades at an estimated price-to-earnings ratio for next year of 11.89X; the average for personal products companies is 15.59X. For comparison, Estee Lauder (EL) has a higher forward P/E of 24.61X.

Eleven of the 16 analysts who cover Avon Products rate it at hold. Four analysts give the stock a buy rating and one rates it at sell.

The stock has risen 13.74% year to date.

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