Douglas Dynamics Inc. (PLOW): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Loser

The consumer goods sector closed the day up 1.5%. Elecsys Corporation ( ESYS), Cycle Country Accessories Corporation ( ATC), Shiner International Inc ( BEST), and Le Gaga Holdings ( GAGA) were all decliners today within the consumer goods sector with Douglas Dynamics Inc ( PLOW) being today's featured consumer goods loser. Douglas Dynamics Inc fell 31 cents (-2.3%) to $13.20 on average volume. Throughout the day, 108,826 shares of Douglas Dynamics Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 116,200 shares.

Douglas Dynamics, Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells snow and ice control equipment for light trucks in North America. It principally offers snowplows, sand and salt spreaders, and related parts and accessories. The company sells its products under the WESTERN, FISHER, and BLIZZARD brands. Douglas Dynamics Inc has a market cap of $298.2 million and is part of the automotive industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.9, below the average automotive industry P/E ratio of 17.4 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 10.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Douglas Dynamics as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall.

On the positive front, Frederick's of Hollywood Group Inc ( FOH), Cybex International Inc ( CYBI), Origin Agritech ( SEED), and Pilgrims Pride ( PPC) were all gainers within the consumer goods sector with Kraft Foods Inc ( KFT) 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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