5 Stocks Pushing The Consumer Goods Sector Higher

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 57 points (-0.4%) at 13,961 as of Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,624 issues advancing vs. 1,238 declining with 155 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the sector include Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev ( ABV.C), up 1.1%, and Koninklijke Philips Electronics ( PHG), up 1.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Dean Foods Company ( DF), down 8.9%, Panasonic Corporation ( PC), down 3.1%, Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company S.A ( CCH), down 2.8% and Coca-Cola ( KO), down 0.9%.

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

5. Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev ( ABV) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector higher today. As of noon trading, Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev is up $0.32 (0.7%) to $46.64 on light volume Thus far, 525,811 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 $46.13-$46.85 after having opened the day at $46.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.32.

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 $145.3 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 10.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 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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4. As of noon trading, Monster Beverage ( MNST) is up $1.39 (3.0%) to $48.15 on heavy volume Thus far, 2.2 million shares of Monster Beverage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.95-$49.32 after having opened the day at $46.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.76.

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 $8.1 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 10.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Monster Beverage a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate 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 expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Monster Beverage Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Lorillard ( LO) is up $2.33 (5.9%) to $42.05 on average volume Thus far, 2.1 million shares of Lorillard exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.02-$42.29 after having opened the day at $40.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.72.

Lorillard, Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells cigarettes in the United States. It markets approximately 43 product offerings in various brand names, including Newport, Kent, True, Maverick, and Old Gold. Lorillard has a market cap of $15.6 billion and is part of the tobacco industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Lorillard a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lorillard 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, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Lorillard Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Philip Morris International ( PM) is up $1.14 (1.3%) to $91.28 on light volume Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Philip Morris International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $90.43-$91.34 after having opened the day at $90.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $90.14.

Philip Morris International Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells cigarettes and other tobacco products. Philip Morris International has a market cap of $150.9 billion and is part of the tobacco industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Philip Morris International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Philip Morris International as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's earnings per share has not been good. Get the full Philip Morris International Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Procter & Gamble ( PG) is up $0.33 (0.4%) to $76.31 on light volume Thus far, 3.0 million shares of Procter & Gamble exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $75.98-$76.40 after having opened the day at $76.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $75.98.

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 $207.1 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Procter & Gamble a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 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 revenue growth, solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and compelling growth in net income. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Procter & Gamble 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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