5 Stocks Pushing The Consumer Goods Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 104 points (0.8%) at 14,004 as of Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, 12:05 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,181 issues advancing vs. 685 declining with 127 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.8%. Top gainers within the sector include Ecolab ( ECL), up 2.1%, Koninklijke Philips Electronics ( PHG), up 1.9% and Mondelez International ( MDLZ), up 1.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev ( ABV), down 2.4%, Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev ( ABV.C), down 1.7% and Honda Motor ( HMC), down 1.0%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the sector higher today:

5. International Paper ( IP) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector higher today. As of noon trading, International Paper is up $0.85 (2.0%) to $43.60 on light volume Thus far, 1.3 million shares of International Paper exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $42.95-$43.64 after having opened the day at $42.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.75.

International Paper Company operates as a paper and packaging company in North America, Europe, Latin America, Russia, Asia, and north Africa. International Paper has a market cap of $18.4 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate International Paper a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates International Paper as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full International Paper Ratings Report now.

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