Consumer Sector Ending in the Red; Qunar Falls With Other Travel Websites, New Neutral Rating

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Consumer stocks were ending with broad declines with shares of consumer staples companies in the S&P 500 retreating just 0.1% while shares of consumer discretionary firms in the S&P 500 were down 1.0% in late trade.

In company news, Qunar Ltd ( QUNR ) hit a skid Monday after analysts at Macquarie today initiated coverage of the online travel and display advertising website with a Neutral rating and a price target of $30 a share.

The stock also may be feeling some pressure after a rival travel website, Ctrip ( CTRP ), said an internal probe uncovered 93 possible leaks of customer data accessed using an unaffiliated website.

QUNR shares were down nearly 7% at $29.01 apiece, struggling on several occasions to keep from falling below its intra-day low of $28.32 a share. The stock has a 52-week range of $22.32 to $36.73 a share.

In other sector news,

(+) NUS, Chinese authorities conclude investigation into the company's selling practices, fining the direct seller $540,000. Six employees also fined $16,000 for unauthorized promotional activities.

(-) TIF, Goldman Sachs removes the upscale jewelry retailer removed the stock from its Conviction Buy list, saying sales and profit growth is playing out slower than expected. Goldman also set a $100 price target for TIF shares.



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Referenced Stocks: QUNR , CTRP

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