Campbell Soup Co (CPB): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Winner

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Campbell Soup ( CPB) pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today making it today's featured consumer goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Campbell Soup rose $1.23 (3.2%) to $40.04 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 6,800,926 shares of Campbell Soup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,781,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $38.63-$40.31 after having opened the day at $38.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.81. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that increased today were: G-III Apparel Group ( GIII), up 13.3%, SGOCO Group ( SGOC), up 9.9%, Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide ( QTWW), up 7.6% and Tianli Agritech ( OINK), up 6.4%.

Campbell Soup Company, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets branded convenience food products. It operates through U.S. Simple Meals; Global Baking and Snacking; International Simple Meals and Beverages; U.S. Beverages; and Bolthouse and Foodservice segments. Campbell Soup has a market cap of $12.1 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Campbell Soup a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Campbell Soup as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, notable return on equity and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Crumbs Bake Shop ( CRMB), down 11.1%, Tandy Brands Accessories ( TBAC), down 8.5%, Mannatech ( MTEX), down 7.9% and Swisher Hygiene ( SWSH), down 6.8% , were all laggards within the consumer goods sector with PACCAR ( PCAR) 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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