Mondelez International Inc (MDLZ): Consumer Goods' Featured Daily Laggard

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Mondelez International ( MDLZ) pushed the Consumer Goods sector lower today making it today's featured Consumer Goods laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 1.3%. By the end of trading, Mondelez International fell 51 cents (-1.7%) to $30.29 on average volume. Throughout the day, 12.3 million shares of Mondelez International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.6 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $30.10-$30.83 after having opened the day at $30.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.80. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that declined today were: SORL Auto Parts ( SORL), down 11.3%, Deswell Industries ( DSWL), down 8.9%, American Woodmark Corporation ( AMWD), down 8.2%, and Winnebago Industries ( WGO), down 7.8%.
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Mondelez International, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets packaged food products worldwide. Mondelez International has a market cap of $54.56 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 35.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 21% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Mondelez International a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mondelez International as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, unimpressive growth in net income and weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Tandy Brands Accessories ( TBAC), up 8.7%, Fifth & Pacific Companies ( FNP), up 7.6%, China Zenix Auto International Ltd ADR ( ZX), up 6.5%, and China Xiniya Fashion ( XNY), up 5%, were all gainers within the consumer goods sector with Carter's ( CRI) being today's featured consumer goods sector leader.

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