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Constellation Brands Inc. (STZ): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Laggard

Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.

Constellation Brands ( STZ) pushed the Consumer Goods sector lower today making it today's featured Consumer Goods laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, Constellation Brands fell $0.60 (-1.2%) to $50.90 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,249,576 shares of Constellation Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,049,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $50.17-$51.78 after having opened the day at $51.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.50. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that declined today were: Global-Tech Advanced Innovations ( GAI), down 25.5%, iRobot Corporation ( IRBT), down 13.4%, SGOCO Group ( SGOC), down 10.4% and Virco Manufacturing Corporation ( VIRC), down 9.3%.

Constellation Brands, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, produces and markets beverage alcohol. Constellation Brands has a market cap of $8.6 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are up 47.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Constellation Brands a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Constellation Brands as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, Maidenform Brands ( MFB), up 22.4%, Rocky Brands ( RCKY), up 14.0%, Hanesbrands ( HBI), up 7.9% and Rock-Tenn Company ( RKT), up 7.4% , were all gainers within the consumer goods sector with TRW Automotive Holdings ( TRW) being today's featured consumer goods sector leader.

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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