Navistar International Corp (NAV): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Winner

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Navistar International ( NAV) pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today making it today's featured consumer goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 1%. By the end of trading, Navistar International rose 47 cents (2.3%) to $20.59 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.1 million shares of Navistar International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $19.62-$20.71 after having opened the day at $20.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.12. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that increased today were: Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide ( QTWW), up 14.7%, Cooper Tire & Rubber Company ( CTB), up 13.4%, Central European Distribution ( CEDC), up 8.6%, and Boston Beer Company ( SAM), up 7.9%.
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Navistar International Corporation, through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells commercial and military trucks, buses, diesel engines, recreational vehicles (RVs), and chassis, as well as provides service parts for trucks and trailers. Navistar International has a market cap of $1.29 billion and is part of the automotive industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 170.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 50.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are four analysts that rate Navistar International a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and nine rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Navistar International as a hold. The company's strongest point has been its strong cash flow from operations. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and poor profit margins.

On the negative front, SGOCO Group ( SGOC), down 16.4%, Blyth ( BTH), down 13.7%, Pitney Bowes ( PBI), down 13.1%, and Furniture Brands International ( FBN), down 11.2%, were all laggards within the consumer goods sector with Avon Products ( AVP) 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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