5 Stocks Pushing The Consumer Goods Sector Lower

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 89 points (-0.7%) at 12,919 as of Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 886 issues advancing vs. 2,023 declining with 120 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Coach ( COH), down 3.4%, HJ Heinz Company ( HNZ), down 1.4%, Canon ( CAJ), down 1.6%, VF Corporation ( VFC), down 1.4% and Ecolab ( ECL), down 1.2%.

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

5. Altria Group ( MO) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector lower today. As of noon trading, Altria Group is down $0.29 (-0.9%) to $33.19 on light volume Thus far, 2.5 million shares of Altria Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.15-$33.36 after having opened the day at $33.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.48.

Altria Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of cigarettes, smokeless products, and wine in the United States and internationally. Altria Group has a market cap of $66.5 billion and is part of the tobacco industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Altria Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Altria Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, 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 Altria Group Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Ford Motor ( F) is down $0.10 (-0.9%) to $11.00 on light volume Thus far, 12.1 million shares of Ford Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 41.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $10.97-$11.14 after having opened the day at $11.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.10.

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 $40.9 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 1.5% 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 hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, generally higher debt management risk and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Ford Motor Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Philip Morris International ( PM) is down $0.98 (-1.1%) to $89.43 on light volume Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Philip Morris International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $89.14-$90.00 after having opened the day at $89.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $90.41.

Philip Morris International Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells cigarettes and other tobacco products. Philip Morris International has a market cap of $148.2 billion and is part of the tobacco industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 15.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Philip Morris International Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Mondelez International ( MDLZ) is down $0.18 (-0.7%) to $25.44 on light volume Thus far, 4.1 million shares of Mondelez International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 21.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $25.44-$25.59 after having opened the day at $25.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.62.

Mondelēz International, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets packaged food products worldwide. Mondelez International has a market cap of $45.2 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 32.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 19 analysts that rate Mondelez International a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mondelez International as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, unimpressive growth in net income and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Mondelez International Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Coca-Cola ( KO) is down $0.45 (-1.2%) to $37.48 on light volume Thus far, 3.9 million shares of Coca-Cola exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 17.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.44-$37.78 after having opened the day at $37.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.93.

The Coca-Cola Company, a beverage company, engages in the manufacture, marketing, and sale of nonalcoholic beverages worldwide. The company primarily offers sparkling beverages and still beverages. Coca-Cola has a market cap of $167.7 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Coca-Cola a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Coca-Cola as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. 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 Coca-Cola Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 4 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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