All three major indices are trading down today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 67 points (-0.4%) at 18,405 as of Thursday, July 28, 2016, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,296 issues advancing vs. 1,538 declining with 200 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. Top gainers within the sector include

Molson Coors Brewing

(

TAP

), up 5.4%, and

Molson Coors Brewing

(

TAP.A

), up 4.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include

Ford Motor

(

F

), down 9.7%, and

Nike

(

NKE

), down 0.7%.

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

3.

Hershey

(

HSY

) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector higher today. As of noon trading, Hershey is up $3.25 (3.0%) to $111.44 on average volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Hershey exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $108.41-$111.76 after having opened the day at $109.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $108.19.

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The Hershey Company manufactures, imports, markets, distributes, and sells confectionery products. The company operates through two segments, North America, and International and Other. Hershey has a market cap of $23.4 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are up 21.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Hershey a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Hershey

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full

Hershey Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

Philip Morris International

(

PM

) is up $0.61 (0.6%) to $97.94 on average volume. Thus far, 3.0 million shares of Philip Morris International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $96.95-$97.98 after having opened the day at $97.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $97.33.

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Philip Morris International Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells cigarettes, other tobacco products, and other nicotine-containing products. Philip Morris International has a market cap of $153.5 billion and is part of the tobacco industry. Shares are up 10.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate Philip Morris International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates 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 find that net income has been generally deteriorating over time. Get the full

Philip Morris International Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Apple

(

AAPL

) is up $0.60 (0.6%) to $103.55 on average volume. Thus far, 21.2 million shares of Apple exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 36.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $102.82-$104.23 after having opened the day at $102.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $102.95.

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Apple Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets mobile communication and media devices, personal computers, and portable digital music players to consumers, small and mid-sized businesses, education, and enterprise and government customers worldwide. Apple has a market cap of $529.5 billion and is part of the consumer durables industry. Shares are down 2.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 26 analysts who rate Apple a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Apple

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full

Apple 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

).