Dean Foods Company (DF): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Winner

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Dean Foods Company ( DF) pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today making it today's featured consumer goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Dean Foods Company rose 20 cents (1.1%) to $18.60 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.7 million shares of Dean Foods Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.3 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $18.19-$18.64 after having opened the day at $18.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.40. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that increased today were: Ever-Glory International Group ( EVK), up 10.3%, Seneca Foods ( SENEB), up 9.6%, G. Willi-Food International ( WILC), up 9.2%, and Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide ( QTWW), up 7.1%.
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Dean Foods Company, a food and beverage company, processes and distributes milk, other fluid dairy products, and plant-based beverages. The company operates in two segments, Fresh Dairy Direct and WhiteWave. Dean Foods Company has a market cap of $3.42 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate Dean Foods Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dean Foods Company as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Chromcraft Revington ( CRC), down 15%, Tianli Agritech ( OINK), down 10.2%, Coffee Holding Company ( JVA), down 8.9%, and Tandy Brands Accessories ( TBAC), down 8.1%, were all laggards within the consumer goods sector with Toyota Motor ( TM) being today's consumer goods sector laggard.

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