Altria Group Inc. (MO): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Winner

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Altria Group ( MO) pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today making it today's featured consumer goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Altria Group rose 44 cents (1.3%) to $33.93 on average volume. Throughout the day, 12.8 million shares of Altria Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.8 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $33.51-$34.09 after having opened the day at $33.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.49. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that increased today were: Central European Distribution ( CEDC), up 11.3%, Bridgford Foods Corporation ( BRID), up 9.8%, Leading Brands ( LBIX), up 9.2%, and Lifeway Foods ( LWAY), up 7.7%.
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Altria Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of cigarettes, smokeless products, and wine in the United States and internationally. Altria Group has a market cap of $67.43 billion and is part of the tobacco industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are six analysts that rate Altria Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Altria Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front, Tandy Brands Accessories ( TBAC), down 29%, Select Comfort Corporation ( SCSS), down 15.8%, SGOCO Group ( SGOC), down 9%, and Federal-Mogul ( FDML), down 6.9%, were all laggards within the consumer goods sector with Goodyear Tire & Rubber ( GT) being today's consumer goods sector laggard.

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