3 Stocks Pushing The Consumer Goods Sector Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 39 points (-0.3%) at 13,960 as of Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,475 issues advancing vs. 1,392 declining with 148 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. A company within the sector that increased today was Colgate-Palmolive Company ( CL), up 1.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev ( ABV.C), down 2.8%, General Motors ( GM), down 1.7%, Ford Motor ( F), down 1.1% and Toyota Motor ( TM), down 0.8%.

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

3. Kimberly-Clark Corporation ( KMB) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector higher today. As of noon trading, Kimberly-Clark Corporation is up $1.10 (1.2%) to $95.60 on heavy volume Thus far, 1.7 million shares of Kimberly-Clark Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $94.30-$95.90 after having opened the day at $94.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $94.50.

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 $35.9 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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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