ConAgra Foods Inc. (CAG): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Winner

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ConAgra Foods ( CAG) pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today making it today's featured consumer goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, ConAgra Foods rose $0.43 (1.3%) to $33.26 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,224,664 shares of ConAgra Foods exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,221,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $32.83-$33.38 after having opened the day at $33.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.83. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that increased today were: Tufco Technologies ( TFCO), up 15.3%, Coldwater Creek ( CWTR), up 12.1%, DS Healthcare Group ( DSKX), up 11.2% and STR Holdings ( STRI), up 10.4%.
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ConAgra Foods, Inc. operates as a food company primarily in North America. The company operates through two segments, Consumer Foods and Commercial Foods. ConAgra Foods has a market cap of $13.9 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 28.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate ConAgra Foods a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

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

On the negative front, Furniture Brands International ( FBN), down 7.3%, Global-Tech Advanced Innovations ( GAI), down 6.2%, Hyster-Yale Materials Handling ( HY), down 6.1% and SGOCO Group ( SGOC), down 5.8% , were all laggards within the consumer goods sector with Under Armour ( UA) 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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