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4 Stocks Pushing The Consumer Goods Sector Lower

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) steady at 13,953 as of Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, 11:50 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,129 issues advancing vs. 1,699 declining with 163 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include MeadWestvaco Corporation (MWV), down 4.6%, and Ford Motor (F), down 0.7%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the sector lower today:

4. Sensata Technologies Holding N.V (ST) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector lower today. As of noon trading, Sensata Technologies Holding N.V is down $1.38 (-4.0%) to $33.31 on heavy volume Thus far, 2.8 million shares of Sensata Technologies Holding N.V exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 662,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $31.09-$33.83 after having opened the day at $33.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.69.

Sensata Technologies Holding N.V., through its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures, and sells sensors and controls primarily in the Americas, the Asia Pacific, and Europe. It operates in two segments, Sensors and Controls. Sensata Technologies Holding N.V has a market cap of $6.2 billion and is part of the consumer durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 47.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Sensata Technologies Holding N.V a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sensata Technologies Holding N.V as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including premium valuation, weak operating cash flow and generally higher debt management risk. Get the full Sensata Technologies Holding N.V Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, BRF - Brasil Foods (BRFS) is down $0.48 (-2.1%) to $22.16 on light volume Thus far, 570,857 shares of BRF - Brasil Foods exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.94-$22.22 after having opened the day at $22.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.64.

BRF - Brasil Foods S.A., together with its subsidiaries, engages in raising, producing, and slaughtering poultry, pork, and beef in Brazil and internationally. BRF - Brasil Foods has a market cap of $19.6 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 46.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate BRF - Brasil Foods a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates BRF - Brasil Foods as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full BRF - Brasil Foods Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Harley-Davidson (HOG) is down $1.05 (-1.9%) to $53.47 on average volume Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Harley-Davidson exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $53.17-$54.50 after having opened the day at $53.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.52.

Harley-Davidson, Inc. engages in the production and sale of heavyweight motorcycles. It operates in two segments, Motorcycles and Related Products, and Financial Services. Harley-Davidson has a market cap of $12.0 billion and is part of the automotive industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Harley-Davidson a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Harley-Davidson as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Harley-Davidson Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Philip Morris International (PM) is down $1.08 (-1.2%) to $87.83 on average volume Thus far, 2.1 million shares of Philip Morris International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $87.40-$88.67 after having opened the day at $88.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $88.91.

Philip Morris International Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells cigarettes and other tobacco products. Philip Morris International has a market cap of $148.7 billion and is part of the tobacco industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Philip Morris International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Philip Morris International as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and unimpressive growth in net income. Get the full Philip Morris International Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 5 stocks, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the consumer goods sector could consider iShares Dow Jones US Cons Goods (IYK) while those bearish on the consumer goods sector could consider ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Goods (SZK).

A reminder about TheStreet Ratings group: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

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