Hillshire Brands Co (HSH): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Laggard

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Hillshire Brands ( HSH) pushed the Consumer Goods sector lower today making it today's featured Consumer Goods laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Hillshire Brands fell $0.33 (-1.0%) to $31.31 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,051,136 shares of Hillshire Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,106,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $31.30-$31.72 after having opened the day at $31.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.64. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that declined today were: AEP Industries ( AEPI), down 5.2%, Natuzzi SPA ( NTZ), down 5.0%, Prestige Brands Holdings ( PBH), down 4.7% and S&W Seed Company ( SANW), down 4.4%.

The Hillshire Brands Company manufactures and markets meat-centric food solutions worldwide. It operates in two segments, Retail and Foodservice/Other. Hillshire Brands has a market cap of $3.9 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are up 13.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Hillshire Brands a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hillshire Brands as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, Inventure Foods ( SNAK), up 8.8%, Reeds ( REED), up 5.8%, Skullcandy ( SKUL), up 5.4% and Tandy Brands Accessories ( TBAC), up 5.1% , were all gainers within the consumer goods sector with BorgWarner ( BWA) 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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