Consumer Staples 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 2 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 3 3.1 3.2 3.3 for X-axis labels 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Heading, subheading and footnotes ===== Heading Consumer Staples 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 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 Start of Line Chart =========== Points follow ... Line bump key Key ===== Key - Line Key - Line Sector Relative Price Index Gross Profit Margin Consumer Staples Sector

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018: The share price index of the Consumer Staples Sector has declined by 12% relative to the Otos Total Market index since the January, 2016 high. Current relative price to sales is about mid-range in the record of the Sector.

Last week the share price index of the Consumer Staples Sector fell by 0.5% compared to a 1.5% advance for the Otos Total Market Index. Gaining stocks in the Consumer Staples Sector numbered 19 or 28.8% 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 18 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 Staples Sector.The Sector capital weighted average sales growth rate is -1.0%. The proportion of Sector market capital accounted for by rising sales growth companies is down to 58.7%, compared to 64.8% last quarter.

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

The proportion of total market capital accounted for by rising gross profit margin companies is up to 63.4% compared to 59.0% last quarter.

The Sector is recording a 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 falling.

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There are no industries within this sector showing growing strength in fundamentals compared to this time last quarter. Household & Personal Products is the only industry within this sector showing growing deterioration in fundamentals compared to this time last quarter .