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 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 Non-Durables industry currently sits down 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.5%. A company within the industry that fell today was MeadWestvaco Corporation ( MWV), up 1.6%.

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

3. Fifth & Pacific Companies ( FNP) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Non-Durables industry higher today. As of noon trading, Fifth & Pacific Companies is up $0.72 (4.2%) to $18.03 on average volume Thus far, 839,731 shares of Fifth & Pacific Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $17.40-$18.13 after having opened the day at $17.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.31.

Fifth & Pacific Companies, Inc. engages in the design and marketing of a range of apparel and accessories. Fifth & Pacific Companies has a market cap of $1.9 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 37.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Fifth & Pacific Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fifth & Pacific Companies as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. 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 Fifth & Pacific Companies Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Estee Lauder Cos ( EL) is up $0.34 (0.5%) to $63.94 on light volume Thus far, 617,987 shares of Estee Lauder Cos exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $63.67-$64.29 after having opened the day at $63.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.60.

The Estee Lauder Companies Inc. engages in the manufacture, marketing, and sale of skin care, makeup, fragrance, and hair care products worldwide. Estee Lauder Cos has a market cap of $15.0 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Estee Lauder Cos a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Estee Lauder Cos as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures 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 Estee Lauder Cos Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Colgate-Palmolive Company ( CL) is up $0.83 (0.7%) to $112.74 on average volume Thus far, 640,273 shares of Colgate-Palmolive Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $111.95-$112.93 after having opened the day at $112.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $111.91.

Colgate-Palmolive Company, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets consumer products worldwide. Colgate-Palmolive Company has a market cap of $52.0 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.5, 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 are 7 analysts that rate Colgate-Palmolive Company a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Colgate-Palmolive Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. 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 Colgate-Palmolive Company 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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