Leucadia National Corporation (LUK): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Laggard

Leucadia National Corporation ( LUK) pushed the Consumer Goods sector lower today making it today's featured Consumer Goods laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Leucadia National Corporation fell $0.48 (-1.8%) to $25.65 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,719,902 shares of Leucadia National Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,515,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $25.61-$26.28 after having opened the day at $26.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.13. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that declined today were: Tandy Brands Accessories ( TBAC), down 7.0%, SGOCO Group ( SGOC), down 6.3%, Standard Register Company ( SR), down 6.2% and Synutra International ( SYUT), down 5.5%.

Leucadia National Corporation engages in investment banking, beef processing, manufacturing, telecommunications, gaming, real estate, energy, medical product development, and winery operations in the United States and internationally. Leucadia National Corporation has a market cap of $9.4 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are up 9.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Leucadia National Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, increase in stock price during the past year and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, Global-Tech Advanced Innovations ( GAI), up 12.0%, China Automotive Systems ( CAAS), up 7.9%, China Shengda Packaging Group ( CPGI), up 7.4% and Summer Infant ( SUMR), up 6.2% , were all gainers within the consumer goods sector with Altria Group ( MO) being today's featured consumer goods sector leader.

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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