Cooper Tire & Rubber Company (CTB): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Winner

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Cooper Tire & Rubber Company ( CTB) pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today making it today's featured consumer goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Cooper Tire & Rubber Company rose $0.86 (2.9%) to $30.67 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,360,589 shares of Cooper Tire & Rubber Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,133,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $29.59-$30.81 after having opened the day at $29.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.81. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that increased today were: Castle Brands Incorporated ( ROX), up 7.6%, Joe's Jeans ( JOEZ), up 5.7%, Bridgford Foods Corporation ( BRID), up 4.7% and Nike ( NKE), up 4.7%.

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets replacement tires worldwide. It operates in two segments, North American Tire Operations and International Tire Operations. Cooper Tire & Rubber Company has a market cap of $1.9 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are up 16.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Cooper Tire & Rubber Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cooper Tire & Rubber Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

On the negative front, Tofutti Brands ( TOF), down 7.9%, Truett-Hurst ( THST), down 7.3%, Swisher Hygiene ( SWSH), down 5.8% and Mannatech ( MTEX), down 5.7% , were all laggards within the consumer goods sector with PVH ( PVH) 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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