Boise Inc (BZ): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Loser

The consumer goods sector closed the day up 1.5%. Crocs Inc ( CROX), Tandy Brands Accessories ( TBAC), STR Holdings Inc ( STRI), and Reddy Ice Holdings Inc ( FRZ) were all decliners today within the consumer goods sector with Boise Inc ( BZ) being today's featured consumer goods loser. Boise Inc fell 3 cents (-0.6%) to $5.43 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.1 million shares of Boise Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares.

Boise Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of paper and packaging products. Boise Inc has a market cap of $693.3 million and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.5, above the average consumer non-durables industry P/E ratio of 5.3 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 31% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Boise as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. 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 disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Leading Brands Inc ( LBIX), Pilgrims Pride ( PPC), Swift Transportation ( SWFT), and Seaboard Corporation ( SEB) 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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