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Ford Motor



) pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today making it today's featured consumer goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Ford Motor rose $0.14 (1.1%) to $13.47 on average volume. Throughout the day, 41,917,581 shares of Ford Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 37,087,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $13.35-$13.56 after having opened the day at $13.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.33. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that increased today were:




), up 21.5%,

Gruma S.A.B. de C.V



), up 12.2%,

Orient Paper



), up 9.3% and

Winnebago Industries



), up 7.0%.

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Ford Motor Company engages in the development, manufacture, distribution, and service of vehicles, parts, and accessories worldwide. The company operates through two sectors, Automotive and Financial Services. Ford Motor has a market cap of $51.5 billion and is part of the automotive industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ford Motor as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, 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 somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

On the negative front,

Central European Distribution



), down 15.2%,

Clearwater Paper



), down 8.7%,




), down 8.1% and




), down 6.7% , were all laggards within the consumer goods sector with

Dean Foods Company



) being today's consumer goods sector laggard.

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) while those bearish on the consumer goods sector could consider

ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Goods




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