Today's Consumer Goods Sector Featured Laggard: Hain Celestial Group Inc. (HAIN)

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Hain Celestial Group ( HAIN) pushed the Consumer Goods sector lower today making it today's featured Consumer Goods laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Hain Celestial Group fell 68 cents (-1.1%) to $61.42 on light volume. Throughout the day, 408,711 shares of Hain Celestial Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 998,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $61.20-$62.46 after having opened the day at $62.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.10. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that declined today were: Central European Distribution ( CEDC), down 17.7%, Northern Technologies International ( NTIC), down 17.6%, Primo Water ( PRMW), down 9.1%, and Deswell Industries ( DSWL), down 6.7%.
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The Hain Celestial Group, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, manufactures, markets, distributes, and sells natural and organic products. Hain Celestial Group has a market cap of $2.83 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Hain Celestial Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hain Celestial Group as a buy. 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, robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, Crumbs Bake Shop ( CRMB), up 12.4%, Coldwater Creek ( CWTR), up 11.5%, MOD-PAC Corporation ( MPAC), up 10%, and Tandy Brands Accessories ( TBAC), up 6.6%, were all gainers within the consumer goods sector with Lululemon Athletica ( LULU) being today's featured consumer goods sector leader.

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