5 Stocks Pushing The Consumer Goods Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 75 points (0.6%) at 13,310 as of Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,037 issues advancing vs. 917 declining with 107 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits up 0.8% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.8%. Top gainers within the sector include Coach ( COH), up 2.2%, General Motors ( GM), up 2.1% and Ford Motor ( F), up 2.1%.

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

5. Coca-Cola Femsa S.A.B. de C.V ( KOF) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector higher today. As of noon trading, Coca-Cola Femsa S.A.B. de C.V is up $3.14 (2.1%) to $148.98 on average volume Thus far, 44,847 shares of Coca-Cola Femsa S.A.B. de C.V exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 93,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $146.56-$149.29 after having opened the day at $147.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $145.84.

Coca Cola FEMSA, S.A.B. de C.V., a franchise bottler, produces, markets, and distributes Coca-Cola trademark beverages. Coca-Cola Femsa S.A.B. de C.V has a market cap of $28.1 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 36.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 54.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Coca-Cola Femsa S.A.B. de C.V a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Coca-Cola Femsa S.A.B. de C.V as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Coca-Cola Femsa S.A.B. de C.V Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Honda Motor ( HMC) is up $0.86 (2.5%) to $34.82 on average volume Thus far, 186,339 shares of Honda Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 480,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.50-$34.88 after having opened the day at $34.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.96.

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 $60.8 billion and is part of the automotive industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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, Canon ( CAJ) is up $1.57 (4.2%) to $39.34 on heavy volume Thus far, 680,936 shares of Canon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 628,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.66-$39.36 after having opened the day at $38.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.77.

Canon Inc. engages in the manufacture and sale of network digital multifunction devices (MFDs), plain paper copying machines, laser printers, inkjet printers, cameras, and lithography equipment worldwide. Canon has a market cap of $43.6 billion and is part of the consumer durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 14.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Canon a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Canon as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Canon Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Toyota Motor ( TM) is up $2.47 (2.9%) to $89.06 on heavy volume Thus far, 399,784 shares of Toyota Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 338,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $87.70-$89.22 after having opened the day at $88.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $86.59.

Toyota Motor Corporation engages in the design, manufacture, assembly, and sale of passenger cars, minivans, and commercial vehicles and related parts primarily in Japan, North America, Europe, and Asia. Toyota Motor has a market cap of $136.0 billion and is part of the automotive industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 39.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 30.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Toyota Motor a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Toyota Motor as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Toyota Motor Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev ( ABV) is up $0.25 (0.6%) to $42.44 on light volume Thus far, 446,621 shares of Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $42.07-$42.48 after having opened the day at $42.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.19.

Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev engages in the production, distribution, and sale of beer, draft beer, carbonated soft drinks, malt, and other non-alcoholic and non-carbonated products in the Americas. It also sells bottled water, isotonics, and ready-to-drink teas. Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev has a market cap of $131.7 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 103.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 16.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev 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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