Clorox Company (CLX): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Laggard

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Clorox Company ( CLX) pushed the Consumer Goods sector lower today making it today's featured Consumer Goods laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Clorox Company fell $1.00 (-1.1%) to $86.56 on average volume. Throughout the day, 941,715 shares of Clorox Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,244,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $86.41-$87.41 after having opened the day at $87.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $87.56. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that declined today were: Skullcandy ( SKUL), down 9.5%, Global-Tech Advanced Innovations ( GAI), down 7.5%, Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide ( QTWW), down 4.9% and Standard Register Company ( SR), down 4.8%.

The Clorox Company manufactures and markets consumer and professional products worldwide. Clorox Company has a market cap of $11.3 billion and is part of the consumer durables industry. Shares are down 6.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Clorox Company a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Clorox Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. 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 positive front, Origin Agritech ( SEED), up 34.3%, Agria Corporation ( GRO), up 23.5%, Castle Brands Incorporated ( ROX), up 21.6% and China New Borun Corporation ( BORN), up 13.6% , were all gainers within the consumer goods sector with Pitney Bowes ( PBI) being today's featured consumer goods sector leader.

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