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Colgate-Palmolive Company

(

CL

) pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today making it today's featured consumer goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 1.1%. By the end of trading, Colgate-Palmolive Company rose $0.77 (1.2%) to $64.87 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,494,802 shares of Colgate-Palmolive Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,450,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $64.03-$64.92 after having opened the day at $64.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.10. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that increased today were:

Forward Industries

(

FORD

), up 22.5%,

Cal-Maine Foods

(

CALM

), up 9.2%,

Accuride

(

ACW

), up 9.1% and

Supreme Industries

(

STS

), up 8.9%.

Colgate-Palmolive Company, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets consumer products worldwide. The company operates in two segments: Oral, Personal and Home Care; and Pet Nutrition. Colgate-Palmolive Company has a market cap of $58.7 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are down 1.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Colgate-Palmolive Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Colgate-Palmolive Company

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front,

Coldwater Creek

(

CWTR

), down 76.1%,

Tofutti Brands

(

TOF

), down 13.8%,

SORL Auto Parts

(

SORL

), down 13.1% and

Swisher Hygiene

(

SWSH

), down 6.8%.

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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