Central European Distribution ( CEDC) pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today making it today's featured consumer goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 2.1%. By the end of trading, Central European Distribution rose 96 cents (18.8%) to $6.07 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 6.3 million shares of Central European Distribution exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $5.65-$6.48 after having opened the day at $5.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.11. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that increased today were: Ever-Glory International Group ( EVK), up 29.3%, G-III Apparel Group ( GIII), up 18%, CTI Industries Corporation ( CTIB), up 10.1%, and China Nutrifruit Group ( CNGL), up 5.6%.

Central European Distribution Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, produces, imports, and distributes alcoholic beverages in Poland, Hungary, and the Russian Federation. Central European Distribution has a market cap of $366.6 million and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are down 77.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Central European Distribution a buy, four analysts rate it a sell, and one rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Central European Distribution as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow, generally weak debt management and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Blyth ( BTH), down 14.6%, Orbital ( OBT), down 12.2%, Cereplast ( CERP), down 10.3%, and Verso Paper ( VRS), down 9.7%, were all losers within the consumer goods sector with International Paper ( IP) being today's consumer goods sector loser.

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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