The consumer goods sector closed the day down 0.2%. Glg Life Tech ( GLGL), Griffin Land & Nurseries Inc ( GRIF), Agria Corporation ( GRO), and Entertainment Gaming Asia Inc ( EGT) were all winners today within the consumer goods sector with Reynolds American Inc ( RAI) being today's featured consumer goods winner. Reynolds American Inc rose 40 cents (1%) to $39.19 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.9 million shares of Reynolds American Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares.

Reynolds American Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells cigarette and other tobacco products in the United States. Reynolds American Inc has a market cap of $22.9 billion and is part of the tobacco industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.1, equal to the average tobacco industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 20.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Reynolds American as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Zep Inc ( ZEP), Cycle Country Accessories Corporation ( ATC), Shiner International Inc ( BEST), and China Shengda Packaging Group Inc ( CPGI) were all losers within the consumer goods sector with VeriFone Systems Inc ( PAY) 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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