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Sector Update: Consumer

Consumer stocks were broadly higher today with shares of consumer staples companies in the S&P 500 adding about 1.0%. Shares of consumer discretionary firms in the S&P 500 were up nearly 0.7%.

In company news, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts ( KKD ) shares rose Monday after the retailer received an upgrade to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush, which also set a $24 a share price target for the the stock.

KKD shares were ahead more than 7% in afternoon trade at $16.68 apiece, earlier advancing to a session high of $16.77 a share. The stock has traded within a 52-week range of $14.82 to $26.63 a share, declining nearly 22% over the past 12 months.

In other sector news,

(+) MFRM, (+14.3%) Predicts $0.58 to $0.61 per share Q2 profit, up from $0.43 in year-ago quarter and topping analyst forecasts by at least $0.09 per share. Sales seen rising 36% year over year to $410 mln, topping consensus by at least $25.34 mln.

(-) DF, (-6.2%) Withdraws FY14 EPS forecast, saying, "the balance of the year appears rocky." Also forecasts $0.05 to $0.15 per share Q3 net loss, compared with $0.24 per share profit expected by analysts.

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