Consumer Stocks Mixed; Little Call for Phillip Morris After 12% Decline in Q1 Profit, Revenue Also Falls

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Consumer stocks were narrowly mixed this afternoon, with shares of consumer staples companies in the S&P 500 sliding 0.1% while shares of consumer discretionary firms in the S&P 500 were up about 0.3%.

In company news, Phillip Morris International ( PM ) shares were snuffed out Thursday, with shares of the cigarette-maker declining more than 2% after the company reported Q1 net income and revenue trailing Wall Street expectations.

PM earned $1.88 billion during the three months ended March 31, or $1.18 per share, down nearly 12% from $2.13 billion in net income during the same quarter last year.

Excluding one-time items, the company recorded Q1 EPS of $1.19, topping the FactSet consensus by $0.03 per share. Revenue, excluding excise taxes, fell nearly 9% year over year to $6.9 billion, trailing the Street view by around $110 million.

PM shares were down 2.3% at $82.81 each in recent trade, climbing back from an early slide as low as $82.12 a share, down 3.1%. The stock has a 52-week range of $75.28 to $96.73 a share, declining 8.2% over the past year through Wednesday's close.

In other sector news,

(+) APP, (+0.7%) Receives letter from New York Stock Exchange accepting the company's plan to regain compliance with NYSE listing criteria over unspecified financial impairments.

(+) NKE, (+1.2%) Extends partnership with USA Track & Field by 23 years through 2040 as well as significantly increasing support of USATF programs, athletes and competitive groups. NKE and the sports governing body have been partners since 1991.

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