Mondelez International Inc (MDLZ): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Winner

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Mondelez International ( MDLZ) pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today making it today's featured consumer goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.9%. By the end of trading, Mondelez International rose $0.57 (1.9%) to $29.86 on light volume. Throughout the day, 8,754,988 shares of Mondelez International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12,077,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $29.31-$29.96 after having opened the day at $29.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.29. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that increased today were: Pilgrims Pride ( PPC), up 22.0%, Boulder Brands ( BDBD), up 13.6%, Thor Industries ( THO), up 11.9% and Motorcar Parts of America ( MPAA), up 8.8%.
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Mondelez International, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets packaged food products worldwide. Mondelez International has a market cap of $52.6 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 15.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Mondelez International a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mondelez International as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, unimpressive growth in net income and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Quiksilver ( ZQK), down 10.9%, Swisher Hygiene ( SWSH), down 7.0%, Titan International ( TWI), down 6.7% and Seneca Foods ( SENEB), down 5.7%.

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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