Ford Motor Co (F): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Winner

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Ford Motor ( F) pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today making it today's featured consumer goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Ford Motor rose $0.16 (1.1%) to $15.24 on average volume. Throughout the day, 34,255,727 shares of Ford Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 45,485,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $15.03-$15.36 after having opened the day at $15.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.08. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that increased today were: Northern Technologies International ( NTIC), up 18.0%, Mannatech ( MTEX), up 15.7%, National Beverage Corporation ( FIZZ), up 7.5% and Coty ( COTY), up 7.4%.

Ford Motor Company engages in the development, manufacture, distribution, and service of vehicles, parts, and accessories worldwide. The company operates through two sectors, Automotive and Financial Services. Ford Motor has a market cap of $58.1 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are down 2.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Ford Motor a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ford Motor as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the negative front, Tianli Agritech ( OINK), down 7.7%, Kid Brands ( KID), down 7.3%, Supreme Industries ( STS), down 5.2% and Koss Corporation ( KOSS), down 5.1% , were all laggards within the consumer goods sector with J.M. Smucker ( SJM) 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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