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

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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 up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Dean Foods Company rose 36 cents (2.2%) to $16.42 on light volume. Throughout the day, two million shares of Dean Foods Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.7 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $16.02-$16.55 after having opened the day at $16.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.06. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that increased today were: Shiner International ( BEST), up 22.1%, Enova Systems ( ENA), up 12.4%, ATC Venture Group ( ATC), up 9.6%, and Elecsys Corporation ( ESYS), up 9.3%.

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 $3.02 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are up 43.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are two analysts that rate Dean Foods Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and seven 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, Tianli Agritech ( OINK), down 7.6%, China New Borun Corporation ( BORN), down 6.5%, Frederick's of Hollywood Group ( FOH), down 5.9%, and Origin Agritech ( SEED), down 5.4%, were all laggards within the consumer goods sector with Altria Group ( MO) being today's consumer goods sector laggard.

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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