PepsiCo Inc (PEP): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Laggard

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PepsiCo ( PEP) pushed the Consumer Goods sector lower today making it today's featured Consumer Goods laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 1.3%. By the end of trading, PepsiCo fell $1.84 (-2.2%) to $80.91 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5,257,767 shares of PepsiCo exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,015,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $80.83-$82.28 after having opened the day at $82.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $82.75. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that declined today were: China Marine Food Group ( CMFO), down 43.8%, Reeds ( REED), down 12.7%, Pilgrims Pride ( PPC), down 11.2% and American Lorain ( ALN), down 10.9%.

PepsiCo, Inc. operates as a food and beverage company worldwide. PepsiCo has a market cap of $128.6 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are up 20.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate PepsiCo a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 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, increase in stock price during the past year, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the positive front, Fuwei Films (Holdings ( FFHL), up 187.2%, Tianli Agritech ( OINK), up 16.9%, Mannatech ( MTEX), up 5.7% and Swisher Hygiene ( SWSH), up 4.8%.

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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