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Sony Corporation ( SNE) pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today making it today's featured consumer goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, Sony Corporation rose 30 cents (1.9%) to $16.03 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4.6 million shares of Sony Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of four million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $15.86-$16.03 after having opened the day at $15.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.73. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that increased today were: Chromcraft Revington ( CRC), up 17.6%, Furniture Brands International ( FBN), up 12.1%, Global-Tech Advanced Innovations ( GAI), up 11.9%, and Joe's Jeans ( JOEZ), up 9.9%.
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Sony Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, and sells electronic equipment, instruments, and devices for consumer, professional, and industrial markets worldwide. Sony Corporation has a market cap of $15.74 billion and is part of the consumer durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 4.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 40.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are two analysts that rate Sony Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sony Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Verso Paper ( VRS), down 12.9%, Vera Bradley ( VRA), down 9.2%, MGP Ingredients ( MGPI), down 8.7%, and China Shengda Packaging Group ( CPGI), down 6.8%, were all laggards within the consumer goods sector with Fifth & Pacific Companies ( FNP) 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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