Sector Update: Consumer


Consumer stocks are ending slightly lower today with shares of consumer staple companies in the S&P 500 slipping 0.3%. Shares of consumer discretionary stocks in the S&P are down about 0.1%.

In company news, Arkansas Best Corporation ( ABFS ) is up more than 16% at $22.89, with shares of the trucking company earlier rising to within 26 cents of its 52-week high of $24.00 each after Q2 operating revenues 13% over the year-ago period to $576.9 million, beating analyst projections by $9.9 million.

ABFS also reported non-GAAP net income of $0.18 per share, unchanged from the same quarter last year and trailing the analyst consensus by a penny.

In other sector news,

(+) MGA, Q2 EPS of $1.78 beats consensus by $0.14 per share. Net sales rise 16.8% year over year to $9 billion, also topping the Street view by $500 million. Guides FY13 sales at least $100 million above consensus.

(-) NDLS, Guides FY13 EPS in-line but disappoints some investors expecting a more optimistic outlook. Adjusted Q2 earnings and revenue both beat estimates.

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Referenced Stocks: ABFS

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