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Sector Update Consumer: Leggett & Platt, (LEG), Ford Motor (F), Pitney Bowes (PBI), LKQ (LKQ), Hormel Foods (HRL)

Consumer shares were mixed ahead of the opening bell on Friday. In consumer stocks news, Darden Restaurants which operates the restaurant chains Olive Garden and Longhorn Steakhouse, and other restaurants such as Bahama Breeze, Friday reported fiscal Q2 ended Nov. 29 earnings above street views, but was shy on revenues. Shares in the company were 2.8% higher at $60 pre-bell. This is within the lower band of the stock’s 52 week trading range between $53.38 and $75.60. And CarMax Inc a seller of used vehicles, reported Friday its financial results for Q3 that trailed analyst estimates. Net income for the quarter was $128.2 million, down slightly from $130 million in Q3 last year. Shares in the company were 7.3% lower at $52.98 pre-bell. This is within the lower band of the stock’s 52 week trading range between $53.46 and $75.40.

In company news, Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) on December 18, 2015 will release its December 2015 U.S. sales results at approximately 9:15 a.m. ET Tuesday, January 5, 2016. At 10:00 a.m. ET, Erich Merkle, Ford U.S. sales analyst, will host a conference call for the investment community and news media to discuss the results and related market trends. He will be joined by Mark LaNeve, Ford vice president, U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service, and Emily Kolinski Morris, Ford’s chief economist. Conference call also will be webcast live, on a listen-only basis, at www.shareholder.ford.com.
Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) ended last trading session at $ 13.80 with its past 5-day performance at -7.35%.So far in 2014, the company has a year-to-date performance of -7.35%. The stock, as of last close, traded 33.53% above from its 52 week low and was -15.08% behind its 52 week high. Its latest closing price was -6.02% above the SMA200 while the distance from SMA 50 and SMA 20 was -5.04% and -2.85%. Ford Motor Company manufactures and distributes automobiles worldwide. The company operates through two sectors, Automotive and Financial Services. The Automotive sector develops, manufactures, distributes, and services vehicles, parts, and accessories
Pitney Bowes Inc.
(NYSE:PBI) provides technology products and solutions in the United States and internationally. The company operates through Small and Medium Business Solutions, Enterprise Business Solutions, and Digital Commerce Solutions segments. Pitney Bowes Inc. has YTD performance below at -16.42% and moved up 0.46% in last week. Its price, as of the latest close, was up 6.83% compared with the 52 week low and was -19.96% below the 52 week high. The stock completed last trading session at $ 19.68 .The stock’s latest closing price was below -6.75% from the average-price of 200 days while it kept its distance from the SMA 50 at -4.81% and -4.35% compared with the SMA 20.

LKQ Corporation (NASDAQ:LKQ) has shown a downtrend of -2.95% last week with YTD performance of -2.88%. Its latest closing price of $ 27.31 was -4.77% below from an average-price of 200 days while it maintained a distance from the SMA 50 at -6.01% and -6.15% compared with the SMA 20. The stock was above 19.26% from the 52 week low and was -15.32% below the 52 week high.
LKQ Corporation together with its subsidiaries, distributes replacement parts, components, and systems used in the repair and maintenance of vehicles in the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Belgium, Northern France, Canada, Mexico, and Central America.

Hormel Foods Corp (NYSE:HRL) produces and markets various meat and food products worldwide. The company operates in five segments: Grocery Products, Refrigerated Foods, Jennie-O Turkey Store, Specialty Foods, and International & Other.  The year to date performance of Hormel Foods Corp  53.90% and  1.74% in the last week. Its price, as of the latest close at $ 78.80 was 59.88% below from the 52 week low and was -1.77% behind the 52 week high. Its latest closing price was 29.29% below from an average-price of 200 days while it kept its distance from the SMA 50 at 12.18% and 4.54% compared with the SMA 20.

Leggett & Platt, Inc. (NYSE:LEG) last trading session at $ 42.14 with its past 5-day performance at -2.66%. So far in 2014, the company has a year-to-date performance of 1.70%. The stock, as of last close, traded 10.04% down from its 52 week low and was -16.61% below its 52 week high. Its latest closing price was -7.15% above the SMA200 while the distance from SMA 50 and SMA 20 was -5.50% and -6.24% respectively.