Universal Corporation (UVV): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Winner

The consumer goods sector closed the day down 3.8%. Eastman Kodak Company ( EK), Global-Tech Advanced Innovations Inc ( GAI), China Shengda Packaging Group Inc ( CPGI), and Industrie Natuzzi ( NTZ) were all winners today within the consumer goods sector with Universal Corporation ( UVV) being today's featured consumer goods winner. Universal Corporation rose 19 cents (0.5%) to $36.05 on average volume. Throughout the day, 304,249 shares of Universal Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 265,700 shares.

Universal Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a leaf tobacco merchant and processor worldwide. Universal Corporation has a market cap of $868.9 million and is part of the tobacco industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.4, equal to the average tobacco industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 11.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Universal as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

On the negative front, AgFeed Industries Inc ( FEED), Fuwei Films Company ( FFHL), Sealy ( ZZ), and Frederick's of Hollywood Group Inc ( FOH) were all losers within the consumer goods sector with Koninklijke Philips Electronics ( PHG) being today's consumer goods sector Loser Spotlight stock.

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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