Dean Foods Company (DF): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Winner

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Dean Foods Company ( DF) pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today making it today's featured consumer goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Dean Foods Company rose $0.20 (2.0%) to $10.16 on light volume. Throughout the day, 4,214,067 shares of Dean Foods Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8,266,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $9.94-$10.31 after having opened the day at $9.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.96. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that increased today were: Tofutti Brands ( TOF), up 8.4%, SGOCO Group ( SGOC), up 6.3%, Willamette Valley Vineyards ( WVVI), up 6.3% and Reeds ( REED), up 5.4%.
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Dean Foods Company, a food and beverage company, processes and distributes milk, other fluid dairy products, and plant-based beverages. The company operates in two segments, Fresh Dairy Direct and WhiteWave. Dean Foods Company has a market cap of $1.8 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 39.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Dean Foods Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dean Foods Company as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, generally higher debt management risk and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Synutra International ( SYUT), down 6.7%, Coldwater Creek ( CWTR), down 5.5%, Sony Corporation ( SNE), down 5.5% and Primo Water ( PRMW), down 5.2% , were all laggards within the consumer goods sector with Bunge ( BG) 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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