Bunge Ltd (BG): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Winner

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Bunge ( BG) pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today making it today's featured consumer goods winner. The sector as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Bunge rose $1.08 (1.3%) to $82.02 on average volume. Throughout the day, 861,206 shares of Bunge exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 819,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $80.67-$82.04 after having opened the day at $80.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $80.94. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that increased today were: Elecsys Corporation ( ESYS), up 18.4%, Crumbs Bake Shop ( CRMB), up 9.5%, Castle Brands Incorporated ( ROX), up 7.5% and Gruma S.A.B. de C.V ( GMK), up 6.5%.

Bunge Limited, through its subsidiaries, engages in agriculture and food business worldwide. Bunge has a market cap of $11.9 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are up 10.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Bunge a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Bunge as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, China New Borun Corporation ( BORN), down 7.6%, China Automotive Systems ( CAAS), down 5.8%, Superior Uniform Group ( SGC), down 4.8% and Orient Paper ( ONP), down 4.7% , were all laggards within the consumer goods sector with Foot Locker ( FL) being today's consumer goods sector laggard.

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