Ethan Allen Interiors Inc. (ETH): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Loser

Ethan Allen Interiors ( ETH) pushed the Consumer Goods sector lower today making it today's featured Consumer Goods loser. The sector as a whole closed the day up 1.6%. By the end of trading, Ethan Allen Interiors fell 87 cents (-3.8%) to $22.21 on average volume. Throughout the day, 552,557 shares of Ethan Allen Interiors exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 396,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $22.17-$23.39 after having opened the day at $23.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.08. Other company's within the Consumer Goods sector that declined today were: Tianli Agritech ( OINK), down 14.8%, Cybex International ( CYBI), down 10.2%, Chromcraft Revington ( CRC), down 7.9%, and Xerium Technologies ( XRM), down 7.8%.

Ethan Allen Interiors Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the design, manufacture, sourcing, sale, and distribution of home furnishings and accessories. The company provides home decorating and design solutions through its home furnishing retail network. Ethan Allen Interiors has a market cap of $649.4 million and is part of the consumer durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.2, equal to the average consumer durables industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 5.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are two analysts that rate Ethan Allen Interiors a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ethan Allen Interiors as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, notable return on equity, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, House of Taylor Jewelry Incorporated ( HOTJ), up 100%, Enova Systems ( ENA), up 16.3%, Verso Paper ( VRS), up 12.8%, and Entertainment Gaming Asia ( EGT), up 10%, were all gainers within the consumer goods sector with VF Corporation ( VFC) being today's featured consumer goods sector winner.

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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