International Paper Co. (IP): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Winner

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International Paper ( IP) 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, International Paper rose 93 cents (2.3%) to $42.35 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.4 million shares of International Paper exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $41.84-$42.44 after having opened the day at $41.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.42. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that increased today were: CTI Industries Corporation ( CTIB), up 12.8%, Pilgrims Pride ( PPC), up 9.8%, Delta Apparel ( DLA), up 8.8%, and Furniture Brands International ( FBN), up 8.7%.
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International Paper Company operates as a paper and packaging company in North America, Europe, Latin America, Russia, Asia, and north Africa. International Paper has a market cap of $18.34 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate International Paper a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates International Paper as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Central European Distribution ( CEDC), down 12.8%, Castle Brands Incorporated ( ROX), down 10.4%, China Xiniya Fashion ( XNY), down 8%, and Domtar ( UFS), down 5.9%, were all laggards within the consumer goods sector with Lululemon Athletica ( LULU) being today's consumer goods sector laggard.

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