5 Stocks Pushing The Consumer Goods Sector Lower

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One out of the three major indices are trading up 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. 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 lower today:

5. Dr Pepper Snapple Group ( DPS) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector lower today. As of noon trading, Dr Pepper Snapple Group is down $3.11 (-6.9%) to $42.21 on heavy volume Thus far, 3.2 million shares of Dr Pepper Snapple Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $42.11-$43.32 after having opened the day at $43.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.32.

Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. engages in the ownership, manufacture, and distribution of non-alcoholic beverages in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Dr Pepper Snapple Group has a market cap of $9.5 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Dr Pepper Snapple Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dr Pepper Snapple Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, notable return on equity and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Dr Pepper Snapple Group Ratings Report now.

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