J.M. Smucker Co. (SJM): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Loser

J.M. Smucker ( SJM) pushed the Consumer Goods sector lower today making it today's featured Consumer Goods loser. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, J.M. Smucker fell 68 cents (-0.9%) to $75.98 on average volume. Throughout the day, 527,707 shares of J.M. Smucker exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 607,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $75.70-$76.99 after having opened the day at $76.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $76.66. Other company's within the Consumer Goods sector that declined today were: 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%.

The J. M. Smucker Company engages in manufacturing and marketing branded food products primarily in the United States, Canada, and internationally. J.M. Smucker has a market cap of $8.44 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.8, equal to the average food & beverage industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate J.M. Smucker a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates J.M. Smucker as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, 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%, were all gainers within the consumer goods sector with International Paper ( IP) being today's featured consumer goods sector winner.

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