Kraft Foods Group Inc (KRFT): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Laggard

Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.

Kraft Foods Group ( KRFT) pushed the Consumer Goods sector lower today making it today's featured Consumer Goods laggard. The sector as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Kraft Foods Group fell $0.66 (-1.2%) to $55.37 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,562,208 shares of Kraft Foods Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,959,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $55.35-$56.56 after having opened the day at $56.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.03. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that declined today were: Kid Brands ( KID), down 15.9%, Orchids Paper Products Company ( TIS), down 11.9%, RiceBran Technologies ( RIBT), down 9.2% and Sequential Brands Group ( SQBG), down 9.1%.

Kraft Foods Group, Inc. operates as a consumer packaged food and beverage company in North America and worldwide. It operates through Beverages, Cheese, Refrigerated Meals, Meals & Desserts, Enhancers & Snack Nuts, Canada, and Other Businesses segments. Kraft Foods Group has a market cap of $33.3 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are up 3.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Kraft Foods Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kraft Foods Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, revenue growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Alliance One International ( AOI), up 14.7%, China New Borun Corporation ( BORN), up 14.4%, STR Holdings ( STRI), up 13.6% and China Automotive Systems ( CAAS), up 7.6% , were all gainers within the consumer goods sector with Lear Corporation ( LEA) 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).

STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12-months. Learn more.

If you liked this article you might like

3 Reasons Why Mondelez's Embattled CEO Has Failed the Oreo Cookie Maker

5 Toxic Stocks to Sell Now

Pumpkin Is the New Black -- Season's Hot Flavor Is Everywhere You Look

6 Factors That Help Sustainably Minded Firms Rake in the Green

Where to Find Free (and Almost Free) Hot Dogs on National Hot Dog Day