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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4. As of noon trading, Delphi Automotive ( DLPH) is up $1.27 (3.2%) to $41.00 on heavy volume Thus far, 3.5 million shares of Delphi Automotive exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $39.60-$41.36 after having opened the day at $39.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.73.

Delphi Automotive PLC, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures vehicle components, as well as provides electrical and electronic, powertrain, safety, and thermal technology solutions for the automotive and commercial vehicle markets worldwide. Delphi Automotive has a market cap of $12.0 billion and is part of the automotive industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Delphi Automotive a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Delphi Automotive as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow and generally higher debt management risk. Get the full Delphi Automotive Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Coach ( COH) is up $2.08 (4.5%) to $48.58 on heavy volume Thus far, 7.2 million shares of Coach exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $47.95-$49.00 after having opened the day at $48.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.50.

Coach, Inc. engages in the design, marketing, and distribution of handbags, accessories, wearables, footwear, jewelry, sunwear, travel bags, watches, and fragrances for women and men in the United States and internationally. Coach has a market cap of $13.1 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 15.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Coach a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Coach as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, increase in net income, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Coach Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, General Motors ( GM) is up $0.49 (1.8%) to $27.32 on average volume Thus far, 6.1 million shares of General Motors exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $26.72-$27.37 after having opened the day at $26.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.83.

General Motors Company (GM) designs, manufactures, and markets cars, crossovers, trucks, and automobile parts worldwide. General Motors has a market cap of $36.0 billion and is part of the automotive industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 8.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate General Motors a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates General Motors as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, attractive valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full General Motors Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Ford Motor ( F) is up $0.29 (2.4%) to $12.63 on light volume Thus far, 13.5 million shares of Ford Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 52.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $12.35-$12.64 after having opened the day at $12.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.34.

Ford Motor Company engages in the development, manufacture, distribution, and service of vehicles and related parts worldwide. The company operates through two sectors, Automotive and Financial Services. The automotive sector offers vehicles primarily under the Ford and Lincoln brand names. Ford Motor has a market cap of $46.7 billion and is part of the automotive industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 6.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Ford Motor a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ford Motor as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. Get the full Ford Motor Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 5 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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