3 Stocks Pushing The Consumer Non-Durables Industry Higher

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the consumer non-durables industry higher today, Nov. 16, 2012.

Editor's Note: 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

Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 40 points (0.3%) at 12,582 as of Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, 11:59 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,549 issues advancing vs. 1,392 declining with 99 unchanged.

The Consumer Non-Durables industry currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include Kimberly-Clark Corporation ( KMB), up 0.7%, and Colgate-Palmolive Company ( CL), up 0.5%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

3. Church & Dwight Company ( CHD) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Non-Durables industry higher today. As of noon trading, Church & Dwight Company is up $0.35 (0.7%) to $51.32 on average volume Thus far, 351,070 shares of Church & Dwight Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 828,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.71-$51.48 after having opened the day at $50.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.97.

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 goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income and solid stock price performance. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Church & Dwight Company Ratings Report now.

2. As of noon trading, Lululemon Athletica ( LULU) is up $0.78 (1.2%) to $66.65 on light volume Thus far, 498,097 shares of Lululemon Athletica exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $65.85-$67.39 after having opened the day at $65.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $65.87.

lululemon athletica inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and distributes athletic apparel for women, men, and female youth. Lululemon Athletica has a market cap of $7.4 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 44.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 41.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Lululemon Athletica a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lululemon Athletica as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full Lululemon Athletica Ratings Report now.

1. As of noon trading, Nike ( NKE) is up $0.98 (1.1%) to $91.81 on average volume Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Nike exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $91.40-$92.63 after having opened the day at $91.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $90.83.

NIKE, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the design, development, marketing, and sale of footwear, apparel, equipment, and accessories for men, women, and children worldwide. Nike has a market cap of $32.7 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 5.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Nike a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nike 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, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Nike Ratings Report now.

If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the consumer non-durables industry could consider Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR ( XLP) while those bearish on the consumer non-durables industry 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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