3 Stocks Pushing The Consumer Goods Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 33 points (-0.2%) at 14,002 as of Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, 11:50 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,057 issues advancing vs. 1,779 declining with 154 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.5%. Top gainers within the sector include Panasonic Corporation ( PC), up 2.9%, and Colgate-Palmolive Company ( CL), up 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Koninklijke Philips Electronics ( PHG), down 1.9%, International Paper ( IP), down 1.9% and Coach ( COH), down 1.4%.

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

3. Toyota Motor ( TM) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector higher today. As of noon trading, Toyota Motor is up $0.83 (0.8%) to $103.35 on average volume Thus far, 219,470 shares of Toyota Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 473,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $103.31-$103.99 after having opened the day at $103.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $102.52.

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 $162.5 billion and is part of the automotive industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 46.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Toyota Motor a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Toyota Motor as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. 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 Toyota Motor Ratings Report now.

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