The consumer goods sector closed the day down 1.1%. Southwall Technologies ( SWTX), AgFeed Industries Inc ( FEED), Zuoan Fashion ( ZA), and Coffee Holding Company Inc ( JVA) were all winners today within the consumer goods sector with PepsiCo Inc ( PEP) being today's featured consumer goods winner. PepsiCo Inc rose 45 cents (0.7%) to $61.02 on light volume. Throughout the day, 7.8 million shares of PepsiCo Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11.1 million shares.

PepsiCo, Inc. engages in the manufacture, marketing, and sale of foods, snacks, and carbonated and non-carbonated beverages worldwide. PepsiCo Inc has a market cap of $95.4 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.3, equal to the average food & beverage industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 7.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates PepsiCo as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, expanding profit margins, reasonable valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Imperial Sugar Company ( IPSU), Frederick's of Hollywood Group Inc ( FOH), K-Swiss Inc ( KSWS), and Furniture Brands International Inc ( FBN) were all losers within the consumer goods sector with Under Armour Inc ( UA) 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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