Constellation Brands Inc. (STZ): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Winner

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Constellation Brands ( STZ) 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, Constellation Brands rose $0.56 (1.1%) to $52.09 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,945,797 shares of Constellation Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,990,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $51.63-$52.52 after having opened the day at $51.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.53. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that increased today were: China Shengda Packaging Group ( CPGI), up 13.2%, Wabash National Corporation ( WNC), up 11.8%, SodaStream International ( SODA), up 11.6% and Herbalife ( HLF), up 9.1%.

Constellation Brands, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, produces and markets beverage alcohol. Constellation Brands has a market cap of $8.4 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are up 45.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Constellation Brands a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Constellation Brands as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, ACCO Brands ( ACCO), down 9.1%, SGOCO Group ( SGOC), down 6.3%, China Automotive Systems ( CAAS), down 6.1% and Orbital Corporation ( OBT), down 5.0% , were all laggards within the consumer goods sector with Lorillard ( LO) 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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