Sector Update: Consumer

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Consumer stocks were broadly mixed in late-day trading with shares of consumer staples companies in the S&P 500 climbing just over 1.3% today while shares of consumer discretionary firms in the S&P 500 were down less than 0.1%.

In company news, Mattress Firm ( MFRM ) was little changed just ahead of Monday's close after earlier today announcing a deal to acquire the parent company of the Mattress King and BedMart stores for around $35 million in cash.

The deal for substantially all of the retail assets and operations of Mattress Liquidators - which operates Mattress King retail stores in Colorado and BedMart retail stores in Arizona - adds around 75 company-owned locations to MFRM. The acquisition is expected to close by the end of June and will be funded by cash reserves and revolver borrowings, as well as a $3.5 million seller note that is payable in quarterly installments over two years.


MFRM shares recently traded at $44.95 each, up 1 cent, bouncing back from a mid-day slump that pulled the stock as low as $43.25 a share. MFRM shares have a 52-week range of $29.29 to $49.81 each, adding nearly 20% in value over the past year.

In other sector news,

(+) CHTR, Agrees to purchase cable systems with a combined 3.9 million customers from Comcast Corp ( CMCSA ) and Time Warner Cable ( TWC ) as part of the latter firms' efforts to meet anti-trust muster with their proposed $45.2 bln merger.

(-) PHG, Sells its audio and home entertainment business to Gibson Brands for around $135 mln. The deal also includes Gibson paying a brand-license fee with an initial term of seven years.



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Referenced Stocks: MFRM , CMCSA , TWC

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