4 Stocks Pushing The Consumer Goods Sector Lower

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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%. A company within the sector that fell today was Ecolab ( ECL), up 0.8%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the sector lower today:

4. Honda Motor ( HMC) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector lower today. As of noon trading, Honda Motor is down $0.45 (-1.4%) to $32.85 on light volume Thus far, 139,401 shares of Honda Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 490,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.79-$32.96 after having opened the day at $32.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.30.

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the development, manufacture, and distribution of motorcycles, automobiles, and power products worldwide. Honda Motor has a market cap of $60.5 billion and is part of the automotive industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Honda Motor a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Honda Motor 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Honda Motor Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, General Mills ( GIS) is down $0.29 (-0.7%) to $40.70 on light volume Thus far, 1.1 million shares of General Mills exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.64-$41.03 after having opened the day at $40.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.99.

General Mills, Inc. manufactures and markets branded consumer foods worldwide. The company also supplies branded and unbranded food products to the foodservice and commercial baking industries. General Mills has a market cap of $26.3 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate General Mills a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates General Mills as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations 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 General Mills Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, General Motors ( GM) is down $0.20 (-0.8%) to $25.68 on average volume Thus far, 5.3 million shares of General Motors exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $25.46-$26.36 after having opened the day at $26.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.88.

General Motors Company (GM) designs, manufactures, and markets cars, crossovers, trucks, and automobile parts worldwide. General Motors has a market cap of $40.9 billion and is part of the automotive industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 27.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 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 solid stock price performance, revenue growth and attractive valuation levels. 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.

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1. As of noon trading, Coca-Cola ( KO) is down $0.28 (-0.7%) to $37.64 on light volume Thus far, 3.7 million shares of Coca-Cola exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 16.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.60-$37.94 after having opened the day at $37.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.92.

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 $170.3 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 8.5% 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 3 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 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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