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Sector Update Consumer: General Mills, (GIS), PepsiCo, (PEP), Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR), Graphic Packaging (GPK), Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE)

Consumer stocks were finishing well off their earlier highs, with shares of consumer staples companies in the S&P 500 still maintaining a 0.6% advance while shares of consumer discretionary firms in the S&P 500 were adding about 0.4% in recent trade.

In company news, General Mills, Inc. (NYSE:GIS) on Dec. 23, 2015  said that it has acquired Brazilian yogurt maker Carolina Administracao e Participacoes Societarias Ltda., (Carolina), a privately-held dairy products company headquartered in Ribeirao Claro, Parana, Brazil.  Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Carolina is a family-owned Brazilian company established in 1969.  A leading regional dairy products producer, Carolina is especially known for its strong regional yogurt brands, Carolina, VeryGurt and Gluck. Operating primarily in southern and southeastern Brazil, Carolina sources high-quality milk from farmers in the dairy-rich region of Parana, and markets more than 20 different dairy product lines.  Employing more than 390 people in Ribeirao Claro and across the region, Carolina has significant regional operating, sales and distribution infrastructure.

General Mills, Inc. (NYSE:GIS) ended last trading session at $ 58.90 with its past 5-day performance at -0.46%.So far in 2014, the company has a year-to-date performance of 13.98%. The stock, as of last close, traded 25.03% above from its 52 week low and was -0.80% behind its 52 week high. Its latest closing price was 5.01% above the SMA200 while the distance from SMA 50 and SMA 20 was 2.32% and 1.29%. General Mills, Inc. manufactures and markets branded consumer foods in the United States and internationally. It also supplies branded and unbranded food products to the foodservice and commercial baking industries.

PepsiCo, Inc. (NYSE:PEP) operates as a food and beverage company worldwide. Its Frito-Lay North America segment offers Lay’s potato chips, Doritos tortilla chips, Cheetos cheese-flavored snacks, Tostitos tortilla chips, branded dips, Ruffles potato chips, Fritos corn chips, and Santitas tortilla chips. PepsiCo, Inc. has YTD performance above at 9.53% and moved up 0.49% in last week. Its price, as of the latest close, was up 33.54% compared with the 52 week low and was –
-2.03% below the 52 week high. The stock completed last trading session at $ 100.64 .The stock’s latest closing price was above 5.58% from the average-price of 200 days while it kept its distance from the SMA 50 at 1.04% and 1.10% compared with the SMA 20.

Keurig Green Mountain Inc (NASDAQ:GMCR) has shown a uptrend of 0.57% last week with YTD performance of -31.30%. Its latest closing price of $ 89.73 was 17.45% above from an average-price of 200 days while it maintained a distance from the SMA 50 at 49.82% and 20.79% compared with the SMA 20. The stock was above 125.45% from the 52 week low and was -35.05% above the 52 week high.
Keurig Green Mountain Inc produces and sells coffeemakers and specialty coffee in the United States, Canada, and internationally.

Graphic Packaging Holding Company (NYSE:GPK) together with its subsidiaries, provides paper-based packaging solutions to food, beverage, and other consumer products companies. The year to date performance of Graphic Packaging Holding Company -5.47% and -1.86% in the last week. Its price, as of the latest close at $ 12.69 was 4.27% below from the 52 week low and was -20.23% behind the 52 week high. Its latest closing price was -9.33% below from an average-price of 200 days while it kept its distance from the SMA 50 at -5.95% and -3.22% compared with the SMA 20.

Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc (NYSE:CCE) last trading session at $ 50.08 with its past 5-day performance at -2.26%. So far in 2014, the company has a year-to-date performance of 15.95%. The stock, as of last close, traded 24.20% up from its 52 week low and was -5.86% below its 52 week high. Its latest closing price was 6.35% above the SMA200 while the distance from SMA 50 and SMA 20 was -0.57% and 0.28% respectively.
Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc
produces, distributes, and markets non-alcoholic beverages in Belgium, continental France, Great Britain, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden.