Sealed Air Corporation (SEE): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Laggard

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Sealed Air Corporation ( SEE) 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, Sealed Air Corporation fell $1.07 (-3.1%) to $33.52 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2,844,006 shares of Sealed Air Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,585,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $33.36-$34.48 after having opened the day at $34.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.59. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that declined today were: Crystal Rock Holdings ( CRVP), down 7.9%, China New Borun Corporation ( BORN), down 7.7%, Fuwei Films (Holdings ( FFHL), down 6.9% and Standard Register Company ( SR), down 6.9%.

Sealed Air Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides food safety and security, facility hygiene, and product protection solutions worldwide. The company operates through three segments: Food & Beverage (F&B), Institutional & Laundry (I&L), and Protective Packaging. Sealed Air Corporation has a market cap of $6.8 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are up 1.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Sealed Air Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sealed Air Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet.

On the positive front, Skullcandy ( SKUL), up 24.2%, Zuoan Fashion ( ZA), up 9.4%, Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide ( QTWW), up 9.0% and Ever-Glory International Group ( EVK), up 8.9% , were all gainers within the consumer goods sector with Estee Lauder Cos ( EL) being today's featured consumer goods sector leader.

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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