Tyson Foods Inc. (TSN): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Winner

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Tyson Foods ( TSN) pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today making it today's featured consumer goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Tyson Foods rose $0.41 (1.1%) to $36.50 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,582,875 shares of Tyson Foods exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,942,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $35.99-$36.62 after having opened the day at $36.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.09. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that increased today were: Motorcar Parts of America ( MPAA), up 14.7%, Crystal Rock Holdings ( CRVP), up 9.8%, S&W Seed Company ( SANW), up 9.2% and SodaStream International ( SODA), up 7.7%.

Tyson Foods, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, produces, distributes, and markets chicken, beef, pork, prepared foods, and related allied products worldwide. It operates in four segments: Chicken, Beef, Pork, and Prepared Foods. Tyson Foods has a market cap of $9.6 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are up 7.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Tyson Foods a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Tyson Foods as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Elecsys Corporation ( ESYS), down 5.7%, Castle Brands Incorporated ( ROX), down 5.2%, American Lorain ( ALN), down 5.1% and RiceBran Technologies ( RIBT), down 4.8% , were all laggards within the consumer goods sector with Harman International Industries ( HAR) 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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