Mondelez International Inc (MDLZ): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Laggard

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Mondelez International ( MDLZ) pushed the Consumer Goods sector lower today making it today's featured Consumer Goods laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.7%. By the end of trading, Mondelez International fell $0.45 (-1.3%) to $35.25 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 17,051,716 shares of Mondelez International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8,529,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $34.99-$35.68 after having opened the day at $35.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.70. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that declined today were: Elizabeth Arden ( RDEN), down 19.0%, Verso Paper ( VRS), down 12.1%, Koss Corporation ( KOSS), down 7.2% and Nu Skin ( NUS), down 6.3%.

Mondelez International, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets snack food and beverage products worldwide. Mondelez International has a market cap of $62.6 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Mondelez International a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mondelez International as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Origin Agritech ( SEED), up 18.8%, American Lorain ( ALN), up 9.0%, Agria Corporation ( GRO), up 6.9% and Swisher Hygiene ( SWSH), up 5.6%.

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