5 Stocks Pushing The Consumer Goods Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 20 points (-0.2%) at 12,795 as of Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,283 issues advancing vs. 1,555 declining with 129 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include VF Corporation ( VFC), up 3.4%, Coca-Cola Femsa S.A.B. de C.V ( KOF), up 0.7% and Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev ( ABV.C), up 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Canon ( CAJ), down 1.0%, and Honda Motor ( HMC), down 0.8%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the sector higher today:

5. Kimberly-Clark Corporation ( KMB) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector higher today. As of noon trading, Kimberly-Clark Corporation is up $0.43 (0.5%) to $83.56 on light volume Thus far, 446,069 shares of Kimberly-Clark Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $82.77-$83.65 after having opened the day at $83.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $83.13.

Kimberly-Clark Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in manufacturing and marketing health care products worldwide. The company operates in four segments: Personal Care, Consumer Tissue, K-C Professional and Other, and Health Care. Kimberly-Clark Corporation has a market cap of $32.3 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Kimberly-Clark Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kimberly-Clark Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. 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 Kimberly-Clark Corporation Ratings Report now.

4. As of noon trading, Colgate-Palmolive Company ( CL) is up $0.66 (0.6%) to $104.53 on light volume Thus far, 326,907 shares of Colgate-Palmolive Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $103.51-$104.56 after having opened the day at $103.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $103.87.

Colgate-Palmolive Company, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets consumer products worldwide. Colgate-Palmolive Company has a market cap of $49.2 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Colgate-Palmolive Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Colgate-Palmolive Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. 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 Colgate-Palmolive Company Ratings Report now.

3. As of noon trading, General Motors ( GM) is up $0.14 (0.6%) to $25.18 on light volume Thus far, 1.9 million shares of General Motors exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $25.05-$25.38 after having opened the day at $25.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.04.

General Motors Company (GM) designs, manufactures, and markets cars, crossovers, trucks, and automobile parts worldwide. General Motors has a market cap of $38.7 billion and is part of the automotive industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 23.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate General Motors a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates General Motors as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and poor profit margins. Get the full General Motors Ratings Report now.

2. As of noon trading, Coach ( COH) is up $0.47 (0.9%) to $54.33 on light volume Thus far, 915,671 shares of Coach exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $54.10-$54.72 after having opened the day at $54.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.86.

Coach, Inc. engages in the design, marketing, and distribution of handbags, accessories, wearables, footwear, jewelry, sunwear, travel bags, watches, and fragrances for women and men in the United States and internationally. Coach has a market cap of $15.3 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 11.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Coach a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Coach 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, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Coach Ratings Report now.

1. As of noon trading, Ford Motor ( F) is up $0.08 (0.7%) to $11.00 on light volume Thus far, 12.2 million shares of Ford Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 40.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $10.96-$11.16 after having opened the day at $11.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.93.

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 $40.8 billion and is part of the automotive industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 2.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.3% 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. Among the primary strengths of the company is its respectable return on equity which we feel is likely to continue. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Ford Motor Ratings Report now.

If you are interested in one of these 5 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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