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Consumer Sector Update for 03/20/2015: NWL, DRI, TIF

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Top Consumer Shares:

WMT: +0.6%

MCD: +0.6%

DIS: +0.5%

CVS: +0.6%

KO: +0.2%

GE: +0.4%

Consumer shares were higher ahead of the opening bell Friday.

Newell Rubbermaid's ( NWL ) Graco Children's Products unit said Friday it has agreed to pay a $3 million fine and to invest $7 million in child-passenger-safety programs in an accord with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration after consumer complaints it was late reporting problems in opening car-seat buckles. Shares were inactive pre-market after closing Thursday at $39.25. Over the past 52 weeks, the stock has traded between $28.27 and $40.37.

Darden Restaurants ( DRI ) shares rose Friday, putting the stock on track for a fresh record high after the operator of restaurants including Olive Garden and LongHorn Steakhouse reported fiscal Q3 adjusted earnings above the Street view and forecast Q4 and fiscal-year earnings above analysts' estimates. Shares were up 4.4% at $67.70 in pre-market trading . Over the past 52 weeks, the stock has traded between $43.56 and $65.75.

Tiffany & Co ( TIF ) shares edged lower in Friday's pre-market session despite the jeweler and retailer's fiscal Q4 earnings matching analysts' mean estimate as the company also posted weaker-than-expected sales and warned of lackluster growth in 2015, weighed down by a strong U.S. dollar. Shares were down 3.9% at $83.02 in pre-market trading. Over the past 52 weeks, the stock has traded between $82.75 and $110.60.

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