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4 Stocks Pushing The Consumer Goods Sector Lower

Stock quotes in this article: HMC, ABV, MJN, KO

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 57 points (-0.4%) at 13,942 as of Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, 12:05 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,301 issues advancing vs. 1,576 declining with 144 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev ( ABV.C), down 2.8%, General Motors ( GM), down 1.7%, Ford Motor ( F), down 1.1% and Toyota Motor ( TM), down 0.8%. A company within the sector that increased today was Colgate-Palmolive Company ( CL), up 1.2%.

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

4. Honda Motor ( HMC) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector lower today. As of noon trading, Honda Motor is down $0.42 (-1.1%) to $37.14 on light volume Thus far, 228,598 shares of Honda Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 636,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.11-$37.63 after having opened the day at $37.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.56.

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the development, manufacture, and distribution of motorcycles, automobiles, and power products worldwide. Honda Motor has a market cap of $66.4 billion and is part of the automotive industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Honda Motor a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Honda Motor as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Honda Motor Ratings Report now.

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