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Archer-Daniels Midland Company (ADM): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Winner

Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

Archer-Daniels Midland Company ( ADM) pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today making it today's featured consumer goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Archer-Daniels Midland Company rose 46 cents (1.7%) to $27.18 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4.5 million shares of Archer-Daniels Midland Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.1 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $26.68-$27.20 after having opened the day at $26.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.72. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that increased today were: Virco Manufacturing Corporation ( VIRC), up 7.9%, ATC Venture Group ( ATC), up 7.7%, Hyster-Yale Materials Handling ( HY), up 6.9%, and Arctic Cat ( ACAT), up 6.4%.

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Archer-Daniels-Midland Company manufactures and sells protein meal, vegetable oil, corn sweeteners, flour, biodiesel, ethanol, and other value-added food and feed ingredients. Archer-Daniels Midland Company has a market cap of $17.6 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 6.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are four analysts that rate Archer-Daniels Midland Company a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Archer-Daniels Midland Company as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the consumer goods sector could consider iShares Dow Jones US Cons Goods ( IYK) while those bearish on the consumer goods sector could consider ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Goods ( SZK).

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