Pitney Bowes Inc (PBI): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Winner

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Pitney Bowes ( PBI) pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today making it today's featured consumer goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Pitney Bowes rose $0.17 (1.0%) to $16.82 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,554,019 shares of Pitney Bowes exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,722,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $16.64-$17.01 after having opened the day at $16.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.65. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that increased today were: Quiksilver ( ZQK), up 31.7%, VeriFone Systems ( PAY), up 10.1%, United Breweries Company ( CCU), up 6.9% and Blyth ( BTH), up 6.4%.

Pitney Bowes Inc. provides software, hardware, and services to enable physical and digital communications in the United States and internationally. Pitney Bowes has a market cap of $3.4 billion and is part of the consumer durables industry. Shares are up 56.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Pitney Bowes a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Pitney Bowes as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, weak operating cash flow and generally higher debt management risk.

On the negative front, Mattress Firm ( MFRM), down 14.6%, Verso Paper ( VRS), down 6.4%, Select Comfort Corporation ( SCSS), down 4.8% and Andersons ( ANDE), down 4.5% , were all laggards within the consumer goods sector with Monster Beverage ( MNST) 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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