International Paper Co. (IP): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Winner

International Paper ( IP) pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today making it today's featured consumer goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, International Paper rose $1.18 (3.8%) to $31.88 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 7.7 million shares of International Paper exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.4 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $30.98-$32.25 after having opened the day at $31.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.70. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that increased today were: Standard Register Company ( SR), up 15.8%, Mattel ( MAT), up 9.7%, China Zenix Auto International Ltd ADR ( ZX), up 6.6%, and Boise ( BZ), up 5.9%.

International Paper Company operates as a paper and packaging company in North America, Europe, Latin America, Russia, Asia, and north Africa. International Paper has a market cap of $13.45 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.5, above the average consumer non-durables industry P/E ratio of 11.3 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate International Paper a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates International Paper as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Mattress Firm ( MFRM), down 12.8%, Mannatech ( MTEX), down 11.8%, Select Comfort Corporation ( SCSS), down 8.6%, and Tofutti Brands ( TOF), down 8.2%, were all losers within the consumer goods sector with J.M. Smucker ( SJM) being today's consumer goods sector loser.

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