5 Stocks Pushing The Consumer Goods Sector Lower

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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%. 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%. A company within the sector that increased today was Panasonic Corporation ( PC), up 6.3%.

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

5. Monster Beverage ( MNST) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector lower today. As of noon trading, Monster Beverage is down $1.39 (-2.5%) to $55.41 on light volume Thus far, 747,447 shares of Monster Beverage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $55.36-$56.96 after having opened the day at $56.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.80.

Monster Beverage Corporation, through its subsidiaries, develops, markets, sells, and distributes alternative beverage category beverages in the United States and internationally. Monster Beverage has a market cap of $9.4 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 30.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 19.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Monster Beverage a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Monster Beverage 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, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Monster Beverage Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, General Motors ( GM) is down $0.39 (-1.5%) to $25.24 on average volume Thus far, 3.5 million shares of General Motors exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.90-$25.83 after having opened the day at $25.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.63.

General Motors Company (GM) designs, manufactures, and markets cars, crossovers, trucks, and automobile parts worldwide. General Motors has a market cap of $39.9 billion and is part of the automotive industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 26.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. 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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3. As of noon trading, Nike ( NKE) is down $0.95 (-1.0%) to $98.25 on light volume Thus far, 597,404 shares of Nike exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $98.06-$99.57 after having opened the day at $99.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $99.20.

NIKE, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the design, development, marketing, and sale of footwear, apparel, equipment, and accessories for men, women, and children worldwide. Nike has a market cap of $35.9 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Nike a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nike 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, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Nike Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Ford Motor ( F) is down $0.10 (-0.9%) to $11.37 on light volume Thus far, 13.2 million shares of Ford Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 41.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $11.30-$11.50 after having opened the day at $11.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.47.

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 $43.0 billion and is part of the automotive industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 2.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 notable return on equity and increase in stock price during the past year. 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, Procter & Gamble ( PG) is down $0.54 (-0.8%) to $70.22 on light volume Thus far, 3.1 million shares of Procter & Gamble exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $70.12-$70.64 after having opened the day at $70.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $70.76.

The Procter & Gamble Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of a range of branded consumer packaged goods. The company operates in five segments: Beauty, Grooming, Health Care, Fabric Care and Home Care, and Baby Care and Family Care. Procter & Gamble has a market cap of $193.2 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Procter & Gamble a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Procter & Gamble as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Procter & Gamble 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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