Constellation Brands Inc. (STZ): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Laggard

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Constellation Brands ( STZ) pushed the Consumer Goods sector lower today making it today's featured Consumer Goods laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Constellation Brands fell 71 cents (-2%) to $34.40 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.1 million shares of Constellation Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $34.40-$34.95 after having opened the day at $34.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.11. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that declined today were: Cereplast ( CERP), down 14.9%, ATC Venture Group ( ATC), down 13%, Exceed Company ( EDS), down 9.9%, and SGOCO Group ( SGOC), down 9.3%.
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Constellation Brands, Inc. produces and markets beverage alcohol in the United States and internationally. Constellation Brands has a market cap of $5.47 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 69.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are four analysts that rate Constellation Brands a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and one rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Constellation Brands as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

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