4 Stocks Pushing The Consumer Goods Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 28 points (-0.2%) at 13,217 as of Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, 12:05 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,125 issues advancing vs. 1,742 declining with 157 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. A company within the sector that increased today was Panasonic Corporation ( PC), up 6.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company S.A ( CCH), down 2.1%, and Toyota Motor ( TM), down 1.0%.

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

4. Sony Corporation ( SNE) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector higher today. As of noon trading, Sony Corporation is up $0.50 (4.9%) to $10.73 on heavy volume Thus far, 2.3 million shares of Sony Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $10.52-$10.80 after having opened the day at $10.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.23.

Sony Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, and sells electronic equipment, instruments, and devices for consumer, professional, and industrial markets worldwide. Sony Corporation has a market cap of $9.9 billion and is part of the consumer durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 2.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 45.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Sony Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sony Corporation as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and generally high debt management risk. Get the full Sony Corporation Ratings Report now.

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