Dean Foods Co (DF): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Winner

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Dean Foods ( DF) pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today making it today's featured consumer goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, Dean Foods rose $0.18 (1.1%) to $15.86 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,583,869 shares of Dean Foods exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,398,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $15.68-$16.25 after having opened the day at $15.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.68. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that increased today were: Elizabeth Arden ( RDEN), up 11.9%, SodaStream International ( SODA), up 10.7%, China XD Plastics ( CXDC), up 8.4% and Standard Register ( SR), up 5.8%.

Dean Foods Company, a food and beverage company, processes and distributes milk and other fluid dairy products in the United States. Dean Foods has a market cap of $1.5 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are down 8.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Dean Foods a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dean Foods as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Orchids Paper Products ( TIS), down 10.5%, iRobot ( IRBT), down 10.4%, Federal-Mogul Holdings ( FDML), down 9.5% and Jakks Pacific ( JAKK), down 9.4% , were all laggards within the consumer goods sector with Lorillard ( LO) being today's consumer goods sector laggard.

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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