All three major indices are trading up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 68 points (0.4%) at 17,319 as of Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,948 issues advancing vs. 970 declining with 162 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include

Steelcase

(

SCS

), down 22.7%,

Newell Rubbermaid

(

NWL

), down 1.8%,

Jarden

(

JAH

), down 1.4% and

Sony

(

SNE

), down 1.0%. Top gainers within the sector include

LKQ

(

LKQ

), up 4.9%,

Foot Locker

(

FL

), up 3.2%,

PACCAR

(

PCAR

), up 2.7%,

Archer-Daniels Midland

(

ADM

), up 2.5% and

General Mills

(

GIS

), up 1.1%.

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

3.

WestRock

(

WRK

) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector lower today. As of noon trading, WestRock is down $0.78 (-1.8%) to $43.70 on light volume. Thus far, 486,916 shares of WestRock exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $43.47-$44.76 after having opened the day at $44.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.48.

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WestRock Company manufactures and sells paper and packaging solutions for the consumer and corrugated markets in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. The company operates through Corrugated Packaging, Consumer Packaging, Specialty Chemicals, and Land and Development segments. WestRock has a market cap of $11.3 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are unchanged year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate WestRock a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

WestRock

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full

WestRock Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

VF

(

VFC

) is down $0.52 (-0.8%) to $61.83 on light volume. Thus far, 936,609 shares of VF exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $61.71-$62.78 after having opened the day at $62.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.35.

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V.F. Corporation designs, manufactures, markets, and distributes branded lifestyle apparel, footwear, and accessories in the United States and Europe. VF has a market cap of $26.4 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are down 16.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate VF a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

VF

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full

VF Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Monster Beverage

(

MNST

) is down $0.88 (-0.6%) to $146.60 on light volume. Thus far, 167,133 shares of Monster Beverage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $145.64-$148.29 after having opened the day at $148.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $147.48.

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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 $29.6 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are up 36.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 8 analysts that 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, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. 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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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

).