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General Motors

(

GM

) pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today making it today's featured consumer goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, General Motors rose $1.18 (3.1%) to $38.85 on average volume. Throughout the day, 27,342,686 shares of General Motors exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 19,038,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $37.60-$38.99 after having opened the day at $37.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.67. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that increased today were:

Primo Water

(

PRMW

), up 11.7%,

Kid Brands

(

KID

), up 9.0%,

Cobra Electronics Corporation

(

COBR

), up 7.5% and

China New Borun Corporation

(

BORN

), up 5.8%.

General Motors Company (GM) designs, manufactures, and markets cars, crossovers, trucks, and automobile parts worldwide. General Motors has a market cap of $52.2 billion and is part of the automotive industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 30.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate General Motors a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

General Motors

as a

buy

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

On the negative front,

Coldwater Creek

TheStreet Recommends

(

CWTR

), down 7.8%,

Swisher Hygiene

(

SWSH

), down 4.2%,

Escalade

(

ESCA

), down 3.1% and

Zuoan Fashion

(

ZA

), down 2.9% , were all laggards within the consumer goods sector with

Leggett & Platt

(

LEG

) being today's consumer goods sector laggard.

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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