5 Stocks Pushing The Consumer Goods Sector Higher

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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 9 points (-0.1%) at 12,786 as of Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,471 issues advancing vs. 1,424 declining with 128 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.0%. Top gainers within the sector include Whirlpool Corporation ( WHR), up 2.8%, Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company S.A ( CCH), up 2.6%, Koninklijke Philips Electronics ( PHG), up 1.8% and BRF - Brasil Foods ( BRFS), up 1.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Panasonic Corporation ( PC), down 6.1%, Sony Corporation ( SNE), down 2.4%, Canon ( CAJ), down 2.1% and Honda Motor ( HMC), down 1.6%.

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

5. Archer-Daniels Midland Company ( ADM) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector higher today. As of noon trading, Archer-Daniels Midland Company is up $0.58 (2.3%) to $26.13 on average volume Thus far, 3.3 million shares of Archer-Daniels Midland Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $25.72-$26.17 after having opened the day at $25.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.55.

Archer-Daniels-Midland Company engages in the manufacture and sale of protein meal, vegetable oil, corn sweeteners, flour, biodiesel, ethanol, and other value-added food and feed ingredients. Archer-Daniels Midland Company has a market cap of $16.4 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 12.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Archer-Daniels Midland Company a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Archer-Daniels Midland Company as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable 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 deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full Archer-Daniels Midland Company Ratings Report now.

4. As of noon trading, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters ( GMCR) is up $1.93 (7.1%) to $29.26 on heavy volume Thus far, 8.5 million shares of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $28.70-$30.40 after having opened the day at $30.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.33.

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. engages in the specialty coffee and coffee maker business. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters has a market cap of $3.8 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 45.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Green Mountain Coffee Roasters a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Green Mountain Coffee Roasters as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year. Get the full Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Ratings Report now.

3. As of noon trading, Coach ( COH) is up $0.73 (1.3%) to $57.32 on light volume Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Coach exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $56.17-$57.50 after having opened the day at $56.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.59.

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 $15.5 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 7.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Coach Ratings Report now.

2. As of noon trading, Ford Motor ( F) is up $0.05 (0.5%) to $10.88 on average volume Thus far, 16.1 million shares of Ford Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 40.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $10.80-$11.02 after having opened the day at $10.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.83.

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 $39.3 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 down 2.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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.

1. As of noon trading, Philip Morris International ( PM) is up $0.66 (0.8%) to $87.52 on light volume Thus far, 1.7 million shares of Philip Morris International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $86.86-$87.71 after having opened the day at $86.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $86.86.

Philip Morris International Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells cigarettes and other tobacco products. Philip Morris International has a market cap of $141.9 billion and is part of the tobacco industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.6, equal to the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Philip Morris International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Philip Morris International as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance 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 Philip Morris International 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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