3 Stocks Improving Performance Of The Consumer Goods Sector - TheStreet

Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 7 points (0.0%) at 17,806 as of Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,737 issues advancing vs. 1,177 declining with 175 unchanged.

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

Royal Philips

(

PHG

), up 1.5%, and

Reynolds American

(

RAI

), up 1.1%. A company within the sector that fell today was

VF

(

VFC

), up 1.4%.

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

3.

Kellogg

(

K

) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector higher today. As of noon trading, Kellogg is up $0.68 (1.0%) to $69.36 on light volume. Thus far, 691,761 shares of Kellogg exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $68.74-$69.38 after having opened the day at $68.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $68.68.

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Kellogg Company, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets ready-to-eat cereal and convenience foods. The company operates through U.S. Morning Foods, U.S. Snacks, U.S. Specialty, North America Other, Europe, Latin America, and Asia Pacific segments. Kellogg has a market cap of $24.5 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are up 5.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Kellogg a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Kellogg

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full

Kellogg Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

Altria Group

(

MO

) is up $0.44 (0.8%) to $57.94 on light volume. Thus far, 848,254 shares of Altria Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $57.50-$58.03 after having opened the day at $57.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.50.

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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 $112.7 billion and is part of the tobacco industry. Shares are up 16.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 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, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. 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,

Mondelez International

(

MDLZ

) is up $0.50 (1.1%) to $44.43 on light volume. Thus far, 2.1 million shares of Mondelez International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $43.79-$44.44 after having opened the day at $44.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.93.

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Mondelez International, Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets snack food and beverage products worldwide. Mondelez International has a market cap of $69.8 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are up 20.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 14 analysts who rate Mondelez International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Mondelez International

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full

Mondelez International 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

).