5 Stocks Pushing The Consumer Goods Sector Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 19 points (-0.1%) at 13,006 as of Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, 11:50 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,239 issues advancing vs. 1,655 declining with 129 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Canon ( CAJ), up 2.6%, and Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev ( ABV.C), up 1.6%. A company within the sector that fell today was Ecolab ( ECL), up 0.8%.

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

5. Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev ( ABV) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector higher today. As of noon trading, Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev is up $0.35 (0.8%) to $41.96 on light volume Thus far, 670,186 shares of Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.68-$42.06 after having opened the day at $41.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.61.

Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev engages in the production, distribution, and sale of beer, draft beer, carbonated soft drinks, malt, and other non-alcoholic and non-carbonated products in the Americas. It also sells bottled water, isotonics, and ready-to-drink teas. Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev has a market cap of $127.4 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 103.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. 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 Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev Ratings Report now.

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