4 Stocks Pushing The Consumer Non-Durables Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 23 points (-0.2%) at 13,146 as of Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, 11:50 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,344 issues advancing vs. 1,517 declining with 152 unchanged.

The Consumer Non-Durables industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. A company within the industry that increased today was Coach ( COH), up 1.1%.

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

4. VF Corporation ( VFC) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Non-Durables industry higher today. As of noon trading, VF Corporation is up $1.96 (1.3%) to $149.40 on average volume Thus far, 262,437 shares of VF Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 649,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $146.90-$150.00 after having opened the day at $149.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $147.44.

V.F. Corporation designs and manufactures, or sources from independent contractors various apparel and footwear products primarily in the United States and Europe. VF Corporation has a market cap of $16.5 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 16.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate VF Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates VF Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and attractive valuation levels. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full VF Corporation Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Estee Lauder Cos ( EL) is up $0.68 (1.1%) to $60.59 on light volume Thus far, 411,912 shares of Estee Lauder Cos exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $59.63-$60.85 after having opened the day at $59.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.91.

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 $14.3 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 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, Ralph Lauren ( RL) is up $1.12 (0.8%) to $149.89 on average volume Thus far, 428,660 shares of Ralph Lauren exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 737,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $149.30-$151.15 after having opened the day at $149.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $148.77.

Ralph Lauren Corporation engages in the design, marketing, and distribution of lifestyle products. Ralph Lauren has a market cap of $9.1 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Ralph Lauren a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ralph Lauren as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Ralph Lauren Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, International Paper ( IP) is up $0.49 (1.3%) to $38.13 on light volume Thus far, 1.1 million shares of International Paper exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.65-$38.16 after having opened the day at $37.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.64.

International Paper Company operates as a paper and packaging company in North America, Europe, Latin America, Russia, Asia, and north Africa. International Paper has a market cap of $16.4 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 27.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate International Paper a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates International Paper as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full International Paper 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 non-durables industry could consider Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR ( XLP) while those bearish on the consumer non-durables industry 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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