PepsiCo ( PEP) 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, PepsiCo rose $1.26 (1.6%) to $81.30 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,446,442 shares of PepsiCo exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,128,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $80.62-$81.57 after having opened the day at $80.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $80.04. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that increased today were: Westport Innovations ( WPRT), up 7.5%, Appliance Recycling Centers Of America ( ARCI), up 7.4%, Entertainment Gaming Asia ( EGT), up 7.4% and Harman International Industries ( HAR), up 5.0%.

PepsiCo, Inc. operates as a food and beverage company worldwide. PepsiCo has a market cap of $123.9 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate PepsiCo a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PepsiCo as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Verso Paper ( VRS), down 7.0%, China Marine Food Group ( CMFO), down 6.9%, UniFirst Corporation ( UNF), down 5.7% and Orient Paper ( ONP), down 5.0%.

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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