Owens-Illinois Inc (OI): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Laggard

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Owens-Illinois ( OI) pushed the Consumer Goods sector lower today making it today's featured Consumer Goods laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Owens-Illinois fell $0.45 (-1.5%) to $28.80 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,332,968 shares of Owens-Illinois exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,118,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $28.62-$29.69 after having opened the day at $28.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.25. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that declined today were: Crocs ( CROX), down 20.2%, Mannatech ( MTEX), down 8.2%, Monro Muffler Brake ( MNRO), down 7.0% and Elecsys Corporation ( ESYS), down 5.5%.

Owens-Illinois, Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells glass container products to food and beverage manufacturers primarily in Europe, North America, South America, and the Asia Pacific. Owens-Illinois has a market cap of $4.9 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are up 39.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Owens-Illinois a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Owens-Illinois as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, Brunswick Corporation ( BC), up 9.8%, Northern Technologies International ( NTIC), up 8.6%, John B. Sanfilippo & Son ( JBSS), up 8.1% and Patrick Industries ( PATK), up 7.0% , were all gainers within the consumer goods sector with Under Armour ( UA) being today's featured consumer goods sector leader.

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