Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co (GT): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Winner

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Goodyear Tire & Rubber ( GT) pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today making it today's featured consumer goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 1.2%. By the end of trading, Goodyear Tire & Rubber rose $2.77 (11.5%) to $26.94 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 16,927,669 shares of Goodyear Tire & Rubber exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,545,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $24.68-$27.27 after having opened the day at $25.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.17. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that increased today were: Skechers USA ( SKX), up 19.3%, American Lorain ( ALN), up 13.5%, Mannatech ( MTEX), up 10.5% and American Apparel ( APP), up 10.3%.

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company develops, manufactures, distributes, and sells tires and related products and services worldwide. Goodyear Tire & Rubber has a market cap of $5.9 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are up 1.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Goodyear Tire & Rubber a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Goodyear Tire & Rubber as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front, Leapfrog ( LF), down 8.9%, B&G Foods ( BGS), down 7.4%, Verso Paper ( VRS), down 7.3% and PH Glatfelter Company ( GLT), down 7.2%.

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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