4 Stocks Pushing The Consumer Goods Sector Lower

Editor's Note: 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

Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 57 points (-0.4%) at 13,942 as of Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, 12:05 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,301 issues advancing vs. 1,576 declining with 144 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. 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%. A company within the sector that increased today was Colgate-Palmolive Company ( CL), up 1.2%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the sector lower today:

4. Honda Motor ( HMC) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector lower today. As of noon trading, Honda Motor is down $0.42 (-1.1%) to $37.14 on light volume Thus far, 228,598 shares of Honda Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 636,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.11-$37.63 after having opened the day at $37.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.56.

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the development, manufacture, and distribution of motorcycles, automobiles, and power products worldwide. Honda Motor has a market cap of $66.4 billion and is part of the automotive industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Honda Motor a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Honda Motor as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Honda Motor Ratings Report now.

It's Official: Action Alerts PLUS beats the S&P 500 with Dividends Reinvested! Cramer and Link were up 16.72% in 2012. Were you? See what they are trading for 14-days FREE

3. As of noon trading, Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev ( ABV) is down $1.14 (-2.5%) to $44.84 on average volume Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $44.77-$45.57 after having opened the day at $45.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.98.

Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev engages in the production, distribution, and sale of beer, draft beer, carbonated soft drinks, malt, and other non-alcoholic and non-carbonated products in the Americas. It also sells bottled water, isotonics, and ready-to-drink teas. Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev has a market cap of $141.9 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 103.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, notable return on equity 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 Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev Ratings Report now.

It's Official: Action Alerts PLUS beats the S&P 500 with Dividends Reinvested! Cramer and Link were up 16.72% in 2012. Were you? See what they are trading for 14-days FREE

2. As of noon trading, Mead Johnson Nutrition Company ( MJN) is down $2.68 (-3.4%) to $76.28 on heavy volume Thus far, 2.5 million shares of Mead Johnson Nutrition Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $75.43-$77.68 after having opened the day at $76.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $78.96.

Mead Johnson Nutrition Company manufactures, distributes, and sells infant formulas, children's nutrition, and other nutritional products. Mead Johnson Nutrition Company has a market cap of $15.9 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 18.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Mead Johnson Nutrition Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mead Johnson Nutrition Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. 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 Mead Johnson Nutrition Company Ratings Report now.

It's Official: Action Alerts PLUS beats the S&P 500 with Dividends Reinvested! Cramer and Link were up 16.72% in 2012. Were you? See what they are trading for 14-days FREE

1. As of noon trading, Coca-Cola ( KO) is down $0.28 (-0.7%) to $38.24 on average volume Thus far, 5.7 million shares of Coca-Cola exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.16-$38.72 after having opened the day at $38.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.52.

The Coca-Cola Company, a beverage company, engages in the manufacture, marketing, and sale of nonalcoholic beverages worldwide. The company primarily offers sparkling beverages and still beverages. Coca-Cola has a market cap of $169.1 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Coca-Cola a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Coca-Cola as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Coca-Cola Ratings Report now.

It's Official: Action Alerts PLUS beats the S&P 500 with Dividends Reinvested! Cramer and Link were up 16.72% in 2012. Were you? See what they are trading for 14-days FREE

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.
null

If you liked this article you might like

These Super Bowl Car Commercials Are Getting the Best Feedback From Viewers

These Super Bowl Car Commercials Are Getting the Best Feedback From Viewers

These Stocks Are Showing Resiliency Amid the Market Selloff

These Stocks Are Showing Resiliency Amid the Market Selloff

Ford's Fourth Quarter Reveals Company Only Running on Two Cylinders

Ford's Fourth Quarter Reveals Company Only Running on Two Cylinders

15 Used Cars That Sell Like New

15 Used Cars That Sell Like New

No Thanks Ford and GM, I'll Drive Myself in a Lamborghini Aventador

No Thanks Ford and GM, I'll Drive Myself in a Lamborghini Aventador