Altria Group Inc. (MO): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Winner

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Altria Group ( MO) 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, Altria Group rose $0.43 (1.2%) to $35.87 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5,541,471 shares of Altria Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9,362,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $35.48-$35.94 after having opened the day at $35.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.44. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that increased today were: Inventure Foods ( SNAK), up 8.5%, Boulder Brands ( BDBD), up 7.5%, Coldwater Creek ( CWTR), up 6.8% and Origin Agritech ( SEED), up 6.8%.

Altria Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of cigarettes, smokeless products, and wine in the United States and internationally. Altria Group has a market cap of $71.1 billion and is part of the tobacco industry. Shares are down 7.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Altria Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Altria Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, LKQ Corporation ( LKQ), down 7.3%, Koss Corporation ( KOSS), down 5.5%, Swisher Hygiene ( SWSH), down 4.1% and SGOCO Group ( SGOC), down 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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