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Pitney Bowes



) pushed the Consumer Goods sector lower today making it today's featured Consumer Goods laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Pitney Bowes fell 12 cents (-1%) to $11.04 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2.3 million shares of Pitney Bowes exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.2 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $11.02-$11.29 after having opened the day at $11.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.16. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that declined today were:




), down 9.9%,

Castle Brands Incorporated



), down 5.9%,

Navistar International



), down 5.7%, and

Crumbs Bake Shop



), down 5.3%.

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Pitney Bowes Inc. provides software, hardware, and services to enable physical and digital communications. It also offers a suite of equipment, supplies, software, services, and solutions for managing and integrating physical and digital communication channels. Pitney Bowes has a market cap of $2.18 billion and is part of the consumer durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of six, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 41.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is one analyst that rates Pitney Bowes a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Pitney Bowes as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front,

Central European Distribution



), up 9.6%,

Standard Register Company



), up 9.4%,

Hyster-Yale Materials Handling



), up 9.2%, and

Appliance Recycling Centers



), up 8.5%, were all gainers within the consumer goods sector with

Polaris Industries



) being today's featured consumer goods sector leader.

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) while those bearish on the consumer goods sector could consider

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