PepsiCo Inc (PEP): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Winner

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PepsiCo ( PEP) pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today making it today's featured consumer goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, PepsiCo rose $0.84 (1.0%) to $83.34 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3,550,641 shares of PepsiCo exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,726,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $82.37-$83.34 after having opened the day at $82.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $82.50. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that increased today were: Appliance Recycling Centers Of America ( ARCI), up 28.4%, Reeds ( REED), up 23.8%, Nautilus Group ( NLS), up 20.0% and Fossil ( FOSL), up 9.0%.
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PepsiCo, Inc. operates as a food and beverage company worldwide. PepsiCo has a market cap of $128.1 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 20.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate PepsiCo a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PepsiCo as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Chromcraft Revington ( CRC), down 10.9%, Black Diamond ( BDE), down 9.6%, Global-Tech Advanced Innovations ( GAI), down 7.7% and Tesla Motors ( TSLA), down 6.7% , were all laggards within the consumer goods sector with Navistar International ( NAV) 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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