Sealed Air Corporation (SEE): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Winner

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Sealed Air Corporation ( SEE) pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today making it today's featured consumer goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Sealed Air Corporation rose 59 cents (3.9%) to $15.65 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 6.2 million shares of Sealed Air Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $15.07-$15.68 after having opened the day at $15.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.06. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that increased today were: Green Mountain Coffee Roasters ( GMCR), up 9.1%, Coldwater Creek ( CWTR), up 9%, Tofutti Brands ( TOF), up 8.5%, and China Shengda Packaging Group ( CPGI), up 7.5%.

Sealed Air Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides food safety and security, facility hygiene, and product protection solutions worldwide. Sealed Air Corporation has a market cap of $2.91 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 31.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 12.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are five analysts that rate Sealed Air Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sealed Air Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, Cereplast ( CERP), down 10%, Leapfrog ( LF), down 8.7%, Frederick's of Hollywood Group ( FOH), down 8.4%, and Farmer Bros ( FARM), down 8.3%, were all laggards within the consumer goods sector with TRW Automotive Holdings ( TRW) 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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