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Analyzing Outliers in the Consumer Space

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Price movement of S&P 500 indexes

On January 8, 2016, the S&P Consumer Staples sector slightly outperformed the S&P 500 and the S&P Consumer Discretionary sector as a whole. S&P 500 Consumer Staples are usually relatively safe stocks.

S&P Consumer Staples stocks had a monthly return of 2.5%, much higher than the -1.8% and -3.0% of the S&P 500 and the S&P 500 Consumer Discretionary sector, respectively.

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Weekly updates from the consumer sector 

Key consumer sector updates for the first week of January 2016 are as follows:

  • Lululemon (LULU) rose by 6.5%, with an “outperform” rating given by Wells Fargo.
  • Monster Beverage (MNST) fell by 3.1% following its rise in volume.
  • L’Oréal USA (LRLCY) acquired Raylon. The financial terms have not been disclosed.
  • Ford Motor Company’s (F) sales rose by 5.3% in December 2015.
  • Big Dog Natural recalled contaminated products.
  • Carter’s (CRI) rose by 4.7%, with an “outperform” rating given by Oppenheimer.
  • Vista Outdoor (VSTO) rose by 3.1% following new gun rules in the United States.
  • KKR acquired Mills Fleet Farm.
  • Tyson Foods (TSN) fell by 1.2%, with a “sector perform” rating given by RBC Capital Markets.
  • Ecolab (ECL) fell by 4.3% following the deconsolidation of its Venezuela operations.
  • UniFirst (UNF) rose by 0.60% on its rise in revenue in fiscal 1Q16.
  • Constellation Brands (STZ) rose by 4.5% on its fiscal 3Q16 earnings release.

In the following articles, we’ll take a look at the above stocks’ performances, price movements, and latest quarterly results.

The Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLP) tracks a market-cap–weighted index of consumer staples stocks drawn from the S&P 500. XLP is the ETF of consumer goods.

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