Consumer Shares Ending Broadly Lower; Sotheby's Rises After Third Point Boosts Stake, Promises Discussions

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Consumer stocks are broadly lower today with shares of consumer staple companies in the S&P 500 sliding 1.0% while shares of consumer discretionary stocks in the S&P are down 0.1%.

In company news, Sotheby's ( BID ) is up 3.5% after Third Point LCC and activist investor Dan Loeb increased it stake in the auction house to 5.7%.

According to a new regulatory filing today, Third Point now owns 3.925 million shares, spending $156.7 million. The hedge fund said it "intend(s) to engage in a dialogue with members of the BID board or management" as well as other shareholder groups and industry experts about "potential changes of strategy and leadership."

Third Point previously had held a 3.7% BID stake on June 30, according to its quarterly stock ownership report.

In other sector news,

(+) CHRW, Increases its stock-buyback program to 15 mln shares, up from the 8.7 mln shares remaining under its prior authorization. Also accelerates $500-mln repurchase of stock now held by JP Morgan Chase ( JPM ) and Morgan Stanley & Co ( MS ).

(-) ARO, Brean Capital reportedly lifts its rating for the teen apparel retailer from Sell to Hold.



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