AptarGroup Inc. (ATR): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Winner

AptarGroup ( ATR) pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today making it today's featured consumer goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 1.5%. By the end of trading, AptarGroup rose 30 cents (0.6%) to $54.83 on average volume. Throughout the day, 322,348 shares of AptarGroup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 227,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $54.48-$55.39 after having opened the day at $54.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.53. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that increased today were: Inventure Foods ( SNAK), up 12.3%, Cereplast ( CERP), up 9.8%, Lifetime Brands ( LCUT), up 7.1%, and SkyPeople Fruit Juice ( SPU), up 7.1%.

AptarGroup, Inc. engages in the design, development, manufacture, and sale of consumer product dispensing systems in North America, Europe, Asia, and South America. The company operates in three segments: Beauty + Home, Pharma, and Food + Beverage. AptarGroup has a market cap of $3.64 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.6, above the average consumer non-durables industry P/E ratio of 20.5 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are two analysts that rate AptarGroup a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates AptarGroup 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, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters ( GMCR), down 47.8%, SGOCO Group ( SGOC), down 18.8%, Fuel Systems Solutions ( FSYS), down 18.5%, and Exceed Company ( EDS), down 17.1%, were all losers within the consumer goods sector with VF Corporation ( VFC) 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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