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Dean Foods Company (DF): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Laggard

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Dean Foods Company ( DF) pushed the Consumer Goods sector lower today making it today's featured Consumer Goods laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Dean Foods Company fell $0.32 (-1.7%) to $18.84 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 3,186,214 shares of Dean Foods Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,874,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $18.69-$19.26 after having opened the day at $18.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.16. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that declined today were: Global-Tech Advanced Innovations ( GAI), down 9.9%, DS Healthcare Group ( DSKX), down 8.5%, Tufco Technologies ( TFCO), down 7.9% and Leapfrog ( LF), down 7.4%.

Dean Foods Company, a food and beverage company, processes and distributes milk, other fluid dairy products, and plant-based beverages. The company operates in two segments, Fresh Dairy Direct and WhiteWave. Dean Foods Company has a market cap of $1.8 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are down 41.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Dean Foods Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dean Foods Company as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow, generally high debt management risk and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, Jarden Corporation ( JAH), up 10.4%, STR Holdings ( STRI), up 10.2%, Federal-Mogul ( FDML), up 6.0% and Chiquita Brands International ( CQB), up 5.9% , were all gainers within the consumer goods sector with Ralph Lauren ( RL) 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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