The consumer goods sector closed the day up 1.7%. Reddy Ice Holdings Inc ( FRZ), China Shengda Packaging Group Inc ( CPGI), Elecsys Corporation ( ESYS), and American Lorain ( ALN) were all winners today within the consumer goods sector with Colgate-Palmolive Company ( CL) being today's featured consumer goods winner. Colgate-Palmolive Company rose $1.13 (1.3%) to $89.55 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.7 million shares of Colgate-Palmolive Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares.

Colgate-Palmolive Company, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets consumer products worldwide. Colgate-Palmolive Company has a market cap of $43 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.1, equal to the average consumer non-durables industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Colgate-Palmolive as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front, Global-Tech Advanced Innovations Inc ( GAI), Supreme Industries Inc ( STS), Furniture Brands International Inc ( FBN), and Lifetime Brands Inc ( LCUT) were all losers within the consumer goods sector with Limoneira ( LMNR) 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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