Sony Corporation (SNE): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Winner

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Sony Corporation ( SNE) pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today making it today's featured consumer goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Sony Corporation rose $0.26 (1.5%) to $17.11 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,918,782 shares of Sony Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,934,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $16.85-$17.13 after having opened the day at $16.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.85. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that increased today were: Nova Lifestyle ( NVFY), up 10.9%, Patrick Industries ( PATK), up 9.1%, SGOCO Group ( SGOC), up 8.0% and American Lorain ( ALN), up 7.9%.

Sony Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, and sells electronic equipment, instruments, and devices for consumer, professional, and industrial markets worldwide. Sony Corporation has a market cap of $17.7 billion and is part of the consumer durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 4.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Sony Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sony Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall.

On the negative front, Standard Register Company ( SR), down 7.6%, Coach ( COH), down 6.0%, Coldwater Creek ( CWTR), down 4.2% and Quiksilver ( ZQK), down 3.9% , were all laggards within the consumer goods sector with Deckers Outdoor Corporation ( DECK) 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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