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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3. As of noon trading, Kimberly-Clark Corporation ( KMB) is up $0.49 (0.6%) to $85.99 on light volume Thus far, 416,193 shares of Kimberly-Clark Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $85.44-$86.21 after having opened the day at $85.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $85.50.

Kimberly-Clark Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in manufacturing and marketing health care products worldwide. The company operates in four segments: Personal Care, Consumer Tissue, K-C Professional and Other, and Health Care. Kimberly-Clark Corporation has a market cap of $33.6 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 16.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Kimberly-Clark Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kimberly-Clark Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. 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 Kimberly-Clark Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, General Mills ( GIS) is up $0.27 (0.7%) to $41.55 on average volume Thus far, 1.4 million shares of General Mills exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.29-$41.62 after having opened the day at $41.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.28.

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 $26.7 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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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1. As of noon trading, Coach ( COH) is up $0.60 (1.1%) to $57.03 on light volume Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Coach exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $56.55-$57.49 after having opened the day at $56.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.43.

Coach, Inc. engages in the design, marketing, and distribution of handbags, accessories, wearables, footwear, jewelry, sunwear, travel bags, watches, and fragrances for women and men in the United States and internationally. Coach has a market cap of $16.0 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 7.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Coach a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Coach 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, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Coach 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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