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Top Gainers - Hanesbrands, Sealed Air and Cardinal Health Rally

Investing.com -- Hanesbrands , Sealed Air and Cardinal rallied into the close Thursday shrugging off the slump in the broader market.

Consumer products manufacturer Hanesbrands (NYSE:HBI) jumped 20% after its fourth-quarter results of 48 cents a share and revenue of $1.77 billion beat earnings and revenue estimates compiled by Investing.com of 46 cents and $1.71 billion. Revenue was up 7.3% from a year ago.

The consumer goods manufacturer touted optimism for 2019, forecasting sales of about $6.9 billion for the full year and earnings in a range of $1.72 to $1.80 a share.

But the company's above-consensus earnings and guidance was not well received by all on Wall Street amid concerns that rising competition from Walmart (NYSE:WMT) and Target (NYSE:TGT) pose a threat to long-term growth.

"We see long-term challenges (to Hanesbrands) as WalMart and Target ramp up innerwear private labels and tighten HBI assortments," said CFRA, an independent research provider.

Packaging products maker Sealed Air (NYSE:SEE) was rewarded for delivering fourth-quarter results that topped investing.com's expectations as the company's turnaround program begins to take shape. Its rose 8.7%.

The company's turnaround program, "Reinvent SEE," helped offset a stronger dollar and higher input costs, underpinning bottom-line growth.

Sealed Air reported earnings of $0.75 a share on revenue of $1.26 billion, well above estimates for $0.67 a share on revenue of $1.04 billion. Shares rose 9.1% to $44.27.

Cardinal Health (NYSE:CAH), meanwhile, topped Investing.com's fourth-quarter earnings and revenue consensus, sending its shares 6.8% higher to $58.21.

Lower sales pricing and rising input costs, however, weighed on gross margins, which fell 70 basis points year-on-year.

Still, the company offered a bullish outlook on growth, raising its guidance on earnings to the range of $4.97 to $5.17 from the previous range of $4.90 to $5.15.

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