Consumer Growth Sector SharpPlot version is 2.43 Paint the paper ===== Border ===== Region ===== X-Axis Ticks ===== X-Axis tickmarks Y-Axis Ticks ===== Y-Axis tickmarks Axes ===== Y-axis labels 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 2 2.1 for X-axis labels 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Heading, subheading and footnotes ===== Heading Consumer Growth Sector Subheading Gross Profit Margin vs Relative Stock Price Index Footnotes Comment Start of Line Chart =========== Points follow ... Line Y-Axis Ticks ===== Y-Axis tickmarks Axes ===== Y-axis labels 40 42 44 46 48 50 52 54 56 58 60 Start of Line Chart =========== Points follow ... Line bump key Key ===== Key - Line Key - Line Sector Relative Price Index Gross Profit Margin Consumer Growth Sector

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018: The share price index of the Consumer Growth Sector has declined by 9% relative to the Otos Total Market index since the July, 2016 high. Current relative price to sales is near the lowest level in the record of the Sector.

Last week the share price index of the Consumer Growth Sector advanced by 1.3% compared to a 1.5% advance for the Otos Total Market Index. Gaining stocks in the Consumer Growth Sector numbered 93 or 65.0% of the Sector total compared to a 30.1% gaining stocks frequency across the 3979 stocks in the Otos U.S. stocks universe.

There are 29 stocks in this Sector with unusually depressed share prices. There are no current buy decisions in that group. Last week there were no depressed-share-price buy ideas in this Sector.

We have collected third quarter sales data for all of the comparable record companies in the Consumer Growth Sector.The Sector capital weighted average sales growth rate is 5.9%. The proportion of Sector market capital accounted for by rising sales growth companies is up to 35.2%, compared to 29.0% last quarter.

Currently, sales growth is low in the record of the Consumer Growth Sector and lower than last quarter.

The proportion of total market capital accounted for by rising gross profit margin companies is down to 47.3% compared to 55.1% last quarter.

The Sector is recording a low and rising gross margin. Inventories are up, diminishing the chance of a future increase in the gross margin. SG&A expenses are low in the record of the Sector and rising. That implies that the Sector has limited scope for further cost containment and rising costs are slowing the EBITDA growth rate relative to sales. The gross margin is rising at a faster rate than SG&A expenses, producing a rising EBITDA margin. The shares have been very highly correlated with the direction of the profit margins. Interest costs are low in the record of the Sector and rising. Higher interest costs not only slow the free cash flow growth rate of the Sector, but are often associated with lower valuation.

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Biotechnology is the only industry showing growing strength in fundamentals compared to this time last quarter. The industries in this sector showing growing deterioration in fundamentals compared to this time last quarter are Advertising, Cable Television, Leisure Time&Entertainment and Photography.