Navistar International Corp (NAV): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Laggard

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Navistar International ( NAV) pushed the Consumer Goods sector lower today making it today's featured Consumer Goods laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.9%. By the end of trading, Navistar International fell $0.53 (-1.5%) to $34.33 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 3,079,858 shares of Navistar International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,146,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $33.56-$35.00 after having opened the day at $34.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.86. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that declined today were: Crystal Rock Holdings ( CRVP), down 8.4%, Agria Corporation ( GRO), down 4.6%, Swisher Hygiene ( SWSH), down 3.9% and Crumbs Bake Shop ( CRMB), down 3.5%.

Navistar International Corporation, through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells commercial and military trucks, diesel engines, and school and commercial buses; and provides service parts for trucks and diesel engines worldwide. Navistar International has a market cap of $2.8 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are down 8.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Navistar International a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Navistar International as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, Summer Infant ( SUMR), up 8.2%, Coffee Holding Company ( JVA), up 7.7%, RiceBran Technologies ( RIBT), up 7.7% and Nova Lifestyle ( NVFY), up 7.3% , were all gainers within the consumer goods sector with General Motors ( GM) being today's featured consumer goods sector leader.

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