3 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 18 points (-0.1%) at 13,964 as of Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,305 issues advancing vs. 1,524 declining with 153 unchanged.

The Consumer Non-Durables industry currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Lululemon Athletica ( LULU), down 1.6%, and VF Corporation ( VFC), down 0.9%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

3. Skechers USA ( SKX) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Non-Durables industry higher today. As of noon trading, Skechers USA is up $2.51 (12.8%) to $22.08 on heavy volume Thus far, 2.0 million shares of Skechers USA exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 432,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.41-$22.16 after having opened the day at $21.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.57.

Skechers U.S.A., Inc. engages in the design, development, marketing, and distribution of footwear for men, women, and children in the United States and internationally. Skechers USA has a market cap of $762.0 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 5.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Skechers USA a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Skechers USA as a hold. 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 and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Skechers USA Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Energizer Holdings ( ENR) is up $1.76 (2.0%) to $90.91 on average volume Thus far, 355,869 shares of Energizer Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 579,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $88.83-$90.91 after having opened the day at $88.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $89.15.

Energizer Holdings, Inc. engages in the manufacture and sale of primary batteries, portable lighting, and personal care products worldwide. It offers household and specialty batteries, including carbon zinc, alkaline, rechargeable, and lithium batteries. Energizer Holdings has a market cap of $5.5 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Energizer Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Energizer Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Energizer Holdings Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Kimberly-Clark Corporation ( KMB) is up $0.56 (0.6%) to $90.45 on average volume Thus far, 842,262 shares of Kimberly-Clark Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $89.79-$90.54 after having opened the day at $89.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $89.89.

Kimberly-Clark Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in manufacturing and marketing health care products worldwide. The company operates in four segments: Personal Care, Consumer Tissue, K-C Professional and Other, and Health Care. Kimberly-Clark Corporation has a market cap of $35.2 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Kimberly-Clark Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kimberly-Clark Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Kimberly-Clark Corporation Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 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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