The consumer goods sector closed the day up 0.2%. China New Borun Corporation ( BORN), Kandi Technologies Corporation ( KNDI), Accuride ( ACW), and SodaStream International ( SODA) were all winners today within the consumer goods sector with PepsiCo Inc ( PEP) being today's featured consumer goods winner. PepsiCo Inc rose 88 cents (1.4%) to $63.20 on light volume. Throughout the day, 8.1 million shares of PepsiCo Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.8 million shares.

PepsiCo, Inc. engages in the manufacture, marketing, and sale of foods, snacks, and carbonated and non-carbonated beverages worldwide. PepsiCo Inc has a market cap of $96.7 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.5, 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 3.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates PepsiCo as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front, Central European Distribution ( CEDC), Golden Enterprises Inc ( GLDC), Ever-Glory International Group Inc ( EVK), and AgFeed Industries Inc ( FEED) were all losers within the consumer goods sector with Pitney Bowes Inc ( PBI) 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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