PACCAR Inc (PCAR): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Winner

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PACCAR ( PCAR) pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today making it today's featured consumer goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, PACCAR rose 62 cents (1.5%) to $41.62 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.5 million shares of PACCAR exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $40.41-$41.68 after having opened the day at $41.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that increased today were: Mattress Firm ( MFRM), up 8.6%, Synutra International ( SYUT), up 8%, S&W Seed Company ( SANW), up 7.7%, and Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide ( QTWW), up 7.1%.
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PACCAR Inc, together with its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and distributes light-, medium-, and heavy-duty trucks and related aftermarket parts worldwide. PACCAR has a market cap of $14.43 billion and is part of the automotive industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.9, equal to the average automotive industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are five analysts that rate PACCAR a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and nine rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PACCAR as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, attractive valuation levels, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Ever-Glory International Group ( EVK), down 8.4%, K-Swiss ( KSWS), down 7.3%, China Marine Food Group ( CMFO), down 7.1%, and American Lorain ( ALN), down 6.5%, were all laggards within the consumer goods sector with Hain Celestial Group ( HAIN) 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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