Church & Dwight Company Inc. (CHD): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Winner

Church & Dwight Company ( CHD) pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today making it today's featured consumer goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, Church & Dwight Company rose 61 cents (1.2%) to $50.80 on average volume. Throughout the day, 956,736 shares of Church & Dwight Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 738,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $50-$50.86 after having opened the day at $50.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.19. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that increased today were: Exceed Company ( EDS), up 74.9%, Entertainment Gaming Asia ( EGT), up 28.6%, Ever-Glory International Group ( EVK), up 15.1%, and Jones Soda Company ( JSDA), up 8.1%.

Church & Dwight Co., Inc., together with its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures, and markets a range of household, personal care, and specialty products under various brand names in the United States and internationally. Church & Dwight Company has a market cap of $7.29 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Currently there are six analysts that rate Church & Dwight Company a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Church & Dwight Company as a buy. 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, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Shiner International ( BEST), down 15.9%, Tenneco ( TEN), down 14.6%, VeriFone Systems ( PAY), down 12.5%, and Tofutti Brands ( TOF), down 10.5%, were all losers within the consumer goods sector with BRF - Brasil Foods ( BRFS) 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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