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Navistar International

(

NAV

) pushed the Consumer Goods sector lower today making it today's featured Consumer Goods loser. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, Navistar International fell 18 cents (-0.7%) to $25.40 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.5 million shares of Navistar International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $24.98-$25.85 after having opened the day at $25.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.58. Other company's within the Consumer Goods sector that declined today were:

Deswell Industries

(

DSWL

), down 6.3%,

G-III Apparel Group

(

GIII

), down 5.7%,

Cereplast

(

CERP

), down 5.7%, and

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(

BRID

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Navistar International Corporation, through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells commercial and military trucks, buses, diesel engines, recreational vehicles (RVs), and chassis, as well as provides service parts for trucks and trailers. Navistar International has a market cap of $1.74 billion and is part of the

automotive

industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 1.5, equal to the average automotive industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 32.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are six analysts that rate Navistar International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and nine rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Navistar International as a

hold

. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have evaluated. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front,

UniFirst Corporation

(

UNF

), up 9.7%,

Westport Innovations

(

WPRT

), up 9.2%,

Sealy

(

ZZ

), up 7.7%, and

Standard Register Company

(

SR

), up 7.5%, were all gainers within the consumer goods sector with

Lorillard

(

LO

) being today's featured consumer goods sector winner.

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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