Carter's Inc. (CRI): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Winner

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Carter's ( CRI) pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today making it today's featured consumer goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Carter's rose $0.78 (1.1%) to $71.80 on average volume. Throughout the day, 898,840 shares of Carter's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 797,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $71.34-$72.23 after having opened the day at $71.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.02. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that increased today were: Cooper Tire & Rubber Company ( CTB), up 41.1%, SGOCO Group ( SGOC), up 31.3%, Swisher Hygiene ( SWSH), up 9.4% and Furniture Brands International ( FBN), up 7.0%.
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Carter's, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, sources, and markets branded children's wear. The company provides its products under the Carter's, Child of Mine, Just One You, Precious Firsts, OshKosh, and other brands. Carter's has a market cap of $4.3 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 27.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Carter's a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Carter's as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Icahn ( IEP), down 9.8%, Manchester United PLC Class A ( MANU), down 9.2%, Orbital Corporation ( OBT), down 7.0% and Lululemon Athletica ( LULU), down 5.2% , were all laggards within the consumer goods sector with Coach ( COH) being today's consumer goods sector laggard.

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