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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4. As of noon trading, Reynolds American ( RAI) is up $0.49 (1.1%) to $44.21 on light volume Thus far, 838,307 shares of Reynolds American exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $43.76-$44.32 after having opened the day at $43.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.72.

Reynolds American Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells cigarette and other tobacco products in the United States. Reynolds American has a market cap of $24.3 billion and is part of the tobacco industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Reynolds American a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Reynolds American as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. 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 Reynolds American Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Estee Lauder Cos ( EL) is up $1.16 (2.0%) to $59.41 on average volume Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Estee Lauder Cos exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $58.51-$59.90 after having opened the day at $58.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.25.

The Estee Lauder Companies Inc. engages in the manufacture, marketing, and sale of skin care, makeup, fragrance, and hair care products worldwide. Estee Lauder Cos has a market cap of $13.8 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Estee Lauder Cos a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Estee Lauder Cos as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Estee Lauder Cos Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Ford Motor ( F) is up $0.12 (1.1%) to $11.57 on average volume Thus far, 26.7 million shares of Ford Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 42.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $11.51-$11.70 after having opened the day at $11.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.45.

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 $43.1 billion and is part of the automotive industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 2.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 11 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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1. As of noon trading, Philip Morris International ( PM) is up $0.45 (0.5%) to $90.33 on light volume Thus far, 1.4 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 $89.73-$90.42 after having opened the day at $89.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $89.88.

Philip Morris International Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells cigarettes and other tobacco products. Philip Morris International has a market cap of $150.9 billion and is part of the tobacco industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.5% 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 2 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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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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