All three major indices are trading down today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 192 points (-1.2%) at 16,087 as of Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 732 issues advancing vs. 2,239 declining with 161 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits down 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include

Toyota Motor

(

TM

), down 1.2%, and

Honda Motor

(

HMC

), down 1.0%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the sector higher today:

3.

Monster Beverage

(

MNST

) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector higher today. As of noon trading, Monster Beverage is up $2.84 (2.1%) to $137.20 on average volume. Thus far, 673,889 shares of Monster Beverage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $134.25-$137.77 after having opened the day at $136.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $134.36.

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Monster Beverage Corporation, through its subsidiaries, develops, markets, sells, and distributes alternative beverage category beverages in the United States and internationally. Monster Beverage has a market cap of $27.6 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 49.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 24.4. Shares are up 24.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Monster Beverage a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Monster Beverage

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, expanding profit margins, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full

Monster Beverage Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

Altria Group

(

MO

) is up $0.28 (0.5%) to $54.68 on light volume. Thus far, 2.1 million shares of Altria Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $54.04-$54.68 after having opened the day at $54.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.40.

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Altria Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells cigarettes, smokeless products, and wine in the United States and internationally. Altria Group has a market cap of $106.3 billion and is part of the tobacco industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 24.4. Shares are up 10.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Altria Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Altria Group

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full

Altria Group Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Procter & Gamble

(

PG

) is up $0.50 (0.7%) to $70.76 on average volume. Thus far, 4.3 million shares of Procter & Gamble exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $69.74-$70.81 after having opened the day at $69.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $70.26.

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The Procter & Gamble Company, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells branded consumer packaged products worldwide. It operates through five segments: Beauty, Hair and Personal Care; Grooming; Health Care; Fabric Care and Home Care; and Baby, Feminine and Family Care. Procter & Gamble has a market cap of $190.4 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 24.4. Shares are down 22.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Procter & Gamble a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Procter & Gamble

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full

Procter & Gamble Ratings Report

now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 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

).