Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. (GMCR): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Laggard

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Green Mountain Coffee Roasters ( GMCR) pushed the Consumer Goods sector lower today making it today's featured Consumer Goods laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.7%. By the end of trading, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters fell $3.76 (-4.7%) to $76.25 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,491,900 shares of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,734,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $74.09-$80.70 after having opened the day at $80.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $80.01. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that declined today were: Tempur-Pedic International ( TPX), down 9.0%, National Beverage Corporation ( FIZZ), down 8.2%, Mannatech ( MTEX), down 7.7% and Nautilus Group ( NLS), down 7.0%.
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Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. engages in the specialty coffee and coffeemaker businesses in the United States and Canada. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters has a market cap of $12.0 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 30.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 94.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Green Mountain Coffee Roasters a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Green Mountain Coffee Roasters 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, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the positive front, Central European Distribution ( CEDC), down 119.0%, SGOCO Group ( SGOC), down 15.2%, Le Gaga Holdings ( GAGA), down 13.2% and Mead Johnson Nutrition Company ( MJN), down 6.2% , were all gainers within the consumer goods sector with Hershey Company ( HSY) being today's featured consumer goods sector leader.

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