4 Stocks Pushing The Consumer Goods Sector Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 10 points (-0.1%) at 13,082 as of Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, 1:34 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,351 issues advancing vs. 1,574 declining with 129 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. A company within the sector that increased today was Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company S.A ( CCH), up 4.6%. A company within the sector that fell today was Panasonic Corporation ( PC), up 4.9%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the sector higher today:

4. Honda Motor ( HMC) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector higher today. As of noon trading, Honda Motor is up $0.46 (1.5%) to $30.92 on light volume Thus far, 166,247 shares of Honda Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 404,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.82-$30.98 after having opened the day at $30.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.47.

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the development, manufacture, and distribution of motorcycles, automobiles, and power products worldwide. Honda Motor has a market cap of $54.7 billion and is part of the automotive industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Honda Motor a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Honda Motor as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and increase in stock price during the past year. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Honda Motor Ratings Report now.

3. As of noon trading, Toyota Motor ( TM) is up $2.51 (3.2%) to $80.31 on average volume Thus far, 399,070 shares of Toyota Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 350,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $79.59-$80.67 after having opened the day at $80.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.80.

Toyota Motor Corporation engages in the design, manufacture, assembly, and sale of passenger cars, minivans, and commercial vehicles and related parts primarily in Japan, North America, Europe, and Asia. Toyota Motor has a market cap of $123.6 billion and is part of the automotive industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 35.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Toyota Motor a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Toyota Motor as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Toyota Motor Ratings Report now.

2. As of noon trading, Church & Dwight Company ( CHD) is up $1.52 (3.0%) to $52.58 on average volume Thus far, 767,512 shares of Church & Dwight Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 862,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $51.15-$53.42 after having opened the day at $51.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.06.

Church & Dwight Co., Inc., together with its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures, and markets a range of household, personal care, and specialty products under various brand names in the United States and internationally. Church & Dwight Company has a market cap of $7.1 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Church & Dwight Company a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Church & Dwight Company 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, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Church & Dwight Company Ratings Report now.

1. As of noon trading, Ford Motor ( F) is up $0.07 (0.6%) to $11.24 on light volume Thus far, 23.9 million shares of Ford Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 38.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $11.13-$11.35 after having opened the day at $11.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.17.

Ford Motor Company engages in the development, manufacture, distribution, and service of vehicles and related parts worldwide. The company operates through two sectors, Automotive and Financial Services. The automotive sector offers vehicles primarily under the Ford and Lincoln brand names. Ford Motor has a market cap of $42.1 billion and is part of the automotive industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 2.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Ford Motor a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ford Motor as a buy. Get the full Ford Motor Ratings Report now.

If you are interested in one of these 4 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).

A reminder about TheStreet Ratings group: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

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