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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2. As of noon trading, Reynolds American ( RAI) is up $0.40 (0.9%) to $44.58 on light volume Thus far, 736,524 shares of Reynolds American exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $44.09-$44.63 after having opened the day at $44.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.18.

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 $24.1 billion and is part of the tobacco industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates 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 notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, increase in stock price during the past year and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Reynolds American Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Philip Morris International ( PM) is up $0.96 (1.0%) to $92.27 on light volume Thus far, 1.5 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 $90.75-$92.34 after having opened the day at $91.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $91.31.

Philip Morris International Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells cigarettes and other tobacco products. Philip Morris International has a market cap of $150.3 billion and is part of the tobacco industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.6% 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 increase in stock price during the past year. 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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If you are interested in one of these 3 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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