Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. (GMCR): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Laggard

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Green Mountain Coffee Roasters ( GMCR) pushed the Consumer Goods sector lower today making it today's featured Consumer Goods laggard. The sector as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters fell 25 cents (-1%) to $23.81 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2.6 million shares of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of six million shares. The stock ranged in price between $23.65-$24.60 after having opened the day at $23.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.06. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that declined today were: ATC Venture Group ( ATC), down 23.7%, Tufco Technologies ( TFCO), down 16.6%, Coastal Contacts ( COA), down 12.9%, and Physicians Formula Holdings ( FACE), down 8.6%.
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Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. engages in the specialty coffee and coffee maker business. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters has a market cap of $3.85 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 44.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate Green Mountain Coffee Roasters a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Green Mountain Coffee Roasters as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year.

On the positive front, Key Technology ( KTEC), up 12%, Westport Innovations ( WPRT), up 9.4%, Energizer Holdings ( ENR), up 7.6%, and Johnson Outdoors ( JOUT), up 7.5%, were all gainers within the consumer goods sector with Constellation Brands ( STZ) being today's featured consumer goods sector leader.

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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