The consumer goods sector closed the day up 0.2%. Central European Distribution ( CEDC), Golden Enterprises Inc ( GLDC), Ever-Glory International Group Inc ( EVK), and AgFeed Industries Inc ( FEED) were all decliners today within the consumer goods sector with Pitney Bowes Inc ( PBI) being today's featured consumer goods loser. Pitney Bowes Inc fell 12 cents (-0.6%) to $20.70 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.5 million shares of Pitney Bowes Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.3 million shares.

Pitney Bowes Inc. provides mail processing equipment and integrated mail solutions worldwide. It offers a suite of equipment, supplies, software, services, and solutions for managing and integrating physical and digital communication channels. Pitney Bowes Inc has a market cap of $4.1 billion and is part of the consumer durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.9, below the average consumer durables industry P/E ratio of 12.4 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 14.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Pitney Bowes as a hold. 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 and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year.

On the positive front, China New Borun Corporation ( BORN), Kandi Technologies Corporation ( KNDI), Accuride ( ACW), and SodaStream International ( SODA) 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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