Consumer Stocks Climbing Today; Investors Cold on Campbell Soup After Q4 Revenue Miss, Weak Outlook


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Top Consumer Stocks,

WMT +0.4%

MCD -0.4%

DIS +1%

CVS +1.6%

KO -0.1%

Consumer stocks are higher today with shares of consumer staple companies in the S&P 500 rising about 0.7%. Shares of consumer discretionary stocks in the S&P are ahead around 0.8%.

In company news, Campbell Soup Company ( CPB ) is down near 3% at $43.50 a share after this morning reporting fiscal Q4 revenue of $1.821 billion, up 13.1% year over year but still lagging the analyst consensus by around $19 million.

Adjusted net income was $0.45 per share, exceeding Wall Street expectations for the July quarter by $0.03 per share. CBP earned $0.44 per share on $1.61 billion in revenue during the year-ago quarter.

Looking to FY14, CPB is expecting its continuing operations to grow sales by 5% to 6% from its $8.05 billion in sales during the 12 months ended July 28, suggesting between $8.45 billion to $8.53 billion during the current fiscal year.

Adjusted EPS is seen growing 3% to 5% over the $2.46 reported for FY13, which works out to adjusted earnings this year of $2.53 to $2.58 per share.

Analysts, on average, are looking for adjusted earnings of $2.74 on $8.95 billion in net sales during the 12 months ending next July.

In other sector news,

(+) GES, (+13%) Q2 earnings of $0.52 per share beat analyst expectations by $0.17 with revenue climbing 0.5% year over year to $639.0 mln, also topping estimates by $36.13 mln. Raises FY14 EPS guidance by as much as $0.08, remaining in-line with forecasts.

(-) TFM, (-9.6%) Q2 revenue rises 13.4% from last year to $354.8 mln, missing Street view by $1.34 mln. Net income of of $0.32 per share matched estimates. Issues downside FY14 EPS outlook of $1.50 to $1.55 per share, at least $0.02 under analyst estimates.

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