Constellation Brands Inc. (STZ): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Winner

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Constellation Brands ( STZ) pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today making it today's featured consumer goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 1.3%. By the end of trading, Constellation Brands rose $1.18 (2.5%) to $48.52 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6,391,633 shares of Constellation Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,882,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $47.36-$48.61 after having opened the day at $47.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.34. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that increased today were: Chromcraft Revington ( CRC), up 66.7%, Fuwei Films Company ( FFHL), up 14.0%, Tandy Brands Accessories ( TBAC), up 13.3% and B&G Foods ( BGS), up 7.0%.
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Constellation Brands, Inc. produces and markets beverage alcohol in the United States and internationally. Constellation Brands has a market cap of $7.6 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 33.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Constellation Brands as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front, Central European Distribution ( CEDC), down 22.5%, Virco Manufacturing Corporation ( VIRC), down 12.8%, China Shengda Packaging Group ( CPGI), down 6.8% and Forward Industries ( FORD), down 5.3%.

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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