4 Stocks Pushing The Consumer Non-Durables Industry Lower

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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%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

4. Ball Corporation ( BLL) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Non-Durables industry lower today. As of noon trading, Ball Corporation is down $0.50 (-1.2%) to $42.74 on heavy volume Thus far, 553,312 shares of Ball Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 709,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $42.62-$43.31 after having opened the day at $42.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.24.

Ball Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, supplies metal packaging products for the beverage, food, personal care, and household products industries in the United States and internationally. Ball Corporation has a market cap of $6.6 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 20.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Ball Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ball Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance, reasonable valuation levels 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 Ball Corporation Ratings Report now.

3. As of noon trading, Sealed Air Corporation ( SEE) is down $0.39 (-2.4%) to $16.10 on light volume Thus far, 767,323 shares of Sealed Air Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.08-$16.47 after having opened the day at $16.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.49.

Sealed Air Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides food safety and security, facility hygiene, and product protection solutions worldwide. Sealed Air Corporation has a market cap of $3.2 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of -2.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Sealed Air Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sealed Air Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Sealed Air Corporation Ratings Report now.

2. As of noon trading, Ecolab ( ECL) is down $0.59 (-0.9%) to $68.11 on light volume Thus far, 502,815 shares of Ecolab exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $67.97-$69.09 after having opened the day at $68.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $68.70.

Ecolab Inc. develops and markets programs, products, and services for the hospitality, foodservice, healthcare, industrial, and energy markets. Ecolab has a market cap of $20.0 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 35.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 18.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Ecolab a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ecolab as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance 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 Ecolab Ratings Report now.

1. As of noon trading, International Paper ( IP) is down $0.49 (-1.5%) to $33.16 on average volume Thus far, 1.7 million shares of International Paper exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.95-$33.88 after having opened the day at $33.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.65.

International Paper Company operates as a paper and packaging company in North America, Europe, Latin America, Russia, Asia, and north Africa. International Paper has a market cap of $14.8 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate International Paper a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates International Paper as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full International Paper 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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