4 Stocks Pushing The Consumer Goods Sector Lower

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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 4 stocks pushing the sector lower today:

4. Reynolds American ( RAI) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector lower today. As of noon trading, Reynolds American is down $0.88 (-2.0%) to $42.00 on average volume Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Reynolds American exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.59-$42.81 after having opened the day at $42.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.88.

Reynolds American Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells cigarette and other tobacco products in the United States. Reynolds American has a market cap of $23.9 billion and is part of the tobacco industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Reynolds American a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Reynolds American as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Reynolds American Ratings Report now.

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