One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 3 points (0.0%) at 16,694 as of Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,950 issues advancing vs. 1,002 declining with 115 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include

Herbalife

(

HLF

), up 25.6%,

Constellation Brands

(

STZ.B

), up 3.0%,

Ecolab

(

ECL

), up 2.1% and

Nike

(

NKE

), up 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include

BRF

(

BRFS

), down 8.7%,

Monster Beverage

(

MNST

), down 3.7%,

Brown-Forman

(

BF.A

), down 2.0%,

General Mills

(

GIS

), down 1.6% and

Colgate-Palmolive

(

CL

), down 1.2%.

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

3.

Mohawk Industries

(

MHK

) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector higher today. As of noon trading, Mohawk Industries is up $5.71 (3.3%) to $176.75 on heavy volume. Thus far, 715,346 shares of Mohawk Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 688,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $175.04-$179.60 after having opened the day at $177.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $171.04.

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Mohawk Industries, Inc. designs, manufactures, sources, distributes, and markets flooring products for residential and commercial applications for remodeling and new constructions worldwide. It operates in three segments: Carpet, Ceramic, and Laminate and Wood. Mohawk Industries has a market cap of $12.6 billion and is part of the consumer durables industry. Shares are down 9.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Mohawk Industries a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Mohawk Industries

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full

Mohawk Industries Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

General Motors

(

GM

) is up $0.33 (1.1%) to $29.83 on average volume. Thus far, 8.3 million shares of General Motors exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 15.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $29.61-$29.96 after having opened the day at $29.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.50.

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General Motors Company designs, builds, and sells cars, crossovers, trucks, and automobile parts worldwide. The company operates through GM North America, GM Europe, GM International Operations, GM South America, and GM Financial segments. General Motors has a market cap of $44.5 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are down 13.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate General Motors a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

General Motors

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and impressive record of earnings per share growth. 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

General Motors Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Apple

(

AAPL

) is up $0.61 (0.6%) to $97.37 on light volume. Thus far, 13.2 million shares of Apple exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 50.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $97.08-$98.02 after having opened the day at $97.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $96.76.

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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 $532.8 billion and is part of the consumer durables industry. Shares are down 8.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 24 analysts who rate Apple a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Apple

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, increase in net income and growth in earnings per share. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. 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

).