Campbell Soup Co (CPB): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Loser

The consumer goods sector closed the day up 1.5%. Joe's Jeans Inc ( JOEZ), Eastman Kodak Company ( EK), Frederick's of Hollywood Group Inc ( FOH), and Jones Soda Company ( JSDA) were all decliners today within the consumer goods sector with Campbell Soup ( CPB) being today's featured consumer goods loser. Campbell Soup fell 22 cents (-0.7%) to $33.26 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2.1 million shares of Campbell Soup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of three million shares.

Campbell Soup Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and marketing of branded convenience food products worldwide. The company's U.S. Campbell Soup has a market cap of $10.7 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.7, 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 4.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Campbell as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and generally poor debt management.

On the positive front, Liz Claiborne Inc ( LIZ), Zhongpin Inc ( HOGS), AgFeed Industries Inc ( FEED), and Glg Life Tech ( GLGL) were all gainers within the consumer goods sector with PepsiCo Inc ( PEP) 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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