BRF - Brasil Foods



) pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today making it today's featured consumer goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, BRF - Brasil Foods rose 49 cents (2.7%) to $18.83 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.1 million shares of BRF - Brasil Foods exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of two million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $18.33-$18.86 after having opened the day at $18.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.34. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that increased today were:

Physicians Formula Holdings Inc



), up 15.6%,

Global-Tech Advanced Innovations Inc



), up 11.6%,




), up 8.9%, and

Castle Brands Incorporated



), up 8.7%.

BRF - Brasil Foods S.A., through its subsidiaries, produces and sells poultry, pork, beef cuts, milk, dairy products, and processed food products in Brazil and internationally. BRF - Brasil Foods has a market cap of $16.41 billion and is part of the

food & beverage

industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 37.4, above the average food & beverage industry P/E ratio of 16.2 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates BRF - Brasil as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front,

Cycle Country Accessories Corporation



), down 14.4%,

Glg Life Tech



), down 10.3%,

AgFeed Industries Inc



), down 8.6%, and

Tempur-Pedic International Inc



), down 8%, were all losers within the consumer goods sector with

VF Corporation



) being today's consumer goods sector loser.

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) while those bearish on the consumer goods sector could consider

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