Hasbro Inc. (HAS): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Winner

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Hasbro ( HAS) pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today making it today's featured consumer goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, Hasbro rose $0.60 (1.4%) to $44.34 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,327,701 shares of Hasbro exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,581,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $43.46-$44.57 after having opened the day at $43.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.74. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that increased today were: Orbital Corporation ( OBT), up 5.6%, SGOCO Group ( SGOC), up 5.5%, Koss Corporation ( KOSS), up 4.8% and Allison Transmission Holdings ( ALSN), up 4.4%.
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Hasbro, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides children's and family leisure time products and services worldwide. Hasbro has a market cap of $5.7 billion and is part of the consumer durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 23.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hasbro as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Central European Distribution ( CEDC), down 21.6%, Crumbs Bake Shop ( CRMB), down 15.4%, Bassett Furniture Industries ( BSET), down 9.3% and China New Borun Corporation ( BORN), down 9.2% , were all laggards within the consumer goods sector with Lululemon Athletica ( LULU) 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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