5 Stocks Pushing The Consumer Goods Sector Lower

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Two 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%. 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%. 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%.

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

5. Hormel Foods Corporation ( HRL) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector lower today. As of noon trading, Hormel Foods Corporation is down $1.20 (-3.8%) to $30.10 on heavy volume Thus far, 965,952 shares of Hormel Foods Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 753,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $29.82-$31.00 after having opened the day at $30.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.30.

Hormel Foods Corporation engages in the production and marketing of various meat and food products. Its meat products include fresh, frozen, cured, smoked, cooked, and canned meat. Hormel Foods Corporation has a market cap of $8.1 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Hormel Foods Corporation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hormel Foods Corporation 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 growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Hormel Foods Corporation Ratings Report now.

4. As of noon trading, Toyota Motor ( TM) is down $0.49 (-0.6%) to $82.82 on light volume Thus far, 104,393 shares of Toyota Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 343,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $82.45-$83.05 after having opened the day at $82.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $83.31.

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 $130.0 billion and is part of the automotive industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 37.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 26.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. 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.

3. As of noon trading, Campbell Soup ( CPB) is down $0.84 (-2.3%) to $36.10 on heavy volume Thus far, 2.1 million shares of Campbell Soup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.83-$36.79 after having opened the day at $36.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.95.

Campbell Soup Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and marketing of branded convenience food products worldwide. Campbell Soup has a market cap of $11.5 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Campbell Soup a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Campbell Soup as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels, increase in stock price during the past year and increase in net income. 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 Campbell Soup Ratings Report now.

2. As of noon trading, HJ Heinz Company ( HNZ) is down $1.01 (-1.7%) to $57.71 on heavy volume Thus far, 2.2 million shares of HJ Heinz Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $56.79-$58.13 after having opened the day at $56.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.72.

H. J. Heinz Company, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets food products for consumers, and foodservice and institutional customers in North America, Europe, the Asia Pacific, and internationally. HJ Heinz Company has a market cap of $18.6 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate HJ Heinz Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates HJ Heinz 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, expanding profit margins, notable return on equity and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full HJ Heinz Company Ratings Report now.

1. As of noon trading, General Motors ( GM) is down $0.19 (-0.8%) to $24.74 on light volume Thus far, 2.2 million shares of General Motors exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.66-$24.94 after having opened the day at $24.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.93.

General Motors Company (GM) designs, manufactures, and markets cars, crossovers, trucks, and automobile parts worldwide. General Motors has a market cap of $37.3 billion and is part of the automotive industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 23.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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.

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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