Dean Foods Company (DF): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Winner

Dean Foods Company ( DF) 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, Dean Foods Company rose 10 cents (0.8%) to $12.36 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.4 million shares of Dean Foods Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $12.16-$12.40 after having opened the day at $12.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.26. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that increased today were: Physicians Formula Holdings ( FACE), up 22.3%, Leapfrog ( LF), up 14.6%, Mannatech ( MTEX), up 11%, and Enova Systems ( ENA), up 8.9%.

Dean Foods Company operates as a food and beverage company in the United States. The company operates in three segments: Fresh Dairy Direct, WhiteWave-Alpro, and Morningstar. Dean Foods Company has a market cap of $2.25 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are up 9.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are four analysts that rate Dean Foods Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dean Foods Company as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been poor profit margins.

On the negative front, ATC Venture Group ( ATC), down 19.4%, Fuel Systems Solutions ( FSYS), down 14.8%, Universal Electronics ( UEIC), down 9.2%, and Xerium Technologies ( XRM), down 6.9%, were all losers within the consumer goods sector with Johnson Controls ( JCI) 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).