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 2.7%. By the end of trading, Mondelez International fell $0.68 (-2.1%) to $32.08 on average volume. Throughout the day, 12,933,828 shares of Mondelez International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9,520,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $32.02-$32.80 after having opened the day at $32.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.76. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that declined today were: Mannatech ( MTEX), down 11.7%, Tandy Brands Accessories ( TBAC), down 10.6%, Johnson Outdoors ( JOUT), down 9.3% and China New Borun Corporation ( BORN), down 8.7%.

Mondelez International, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets snack food and beverage products worldwide. Mondelez International has a market cap of $57.8 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 7.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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, reasonable valuation levels, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Tofutti Brands ( TOF), up 7.6%, Herbalife ( HLF), up 7.2%, Crumbs Bake Shop ( CRMB), up 4.5% and Willamette Valley Vineyards ( WVVI), up 3.9%.

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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