AptarGroup ( ATR) pushed the Consumer Non-Durables industry higher today making it today's featured consumer non-durables winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, AptarGroup rose 80 cents (1.6%) to $50.67 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2.4 million shares of AptarGroup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 232,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $49.94-$51.09 after having opened the day at $50.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.87. Other companies within the Consumer Non-Durables industry that increased today were: Exceed Company ( EDS), up 10.7%, Cereplast ( CERP), up 10.5%, Rocky Brands ( RCKY), up 7.7%, and K-Swiss ( KSWS), up 7.5%. 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 $3.38 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.1, above the average consumer non-durables industry P/E ratio of 19 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 4.4% 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, good cash flow from operations, notable return on equity and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.
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