5 Stocks Pushing The Consumer Goods Sector Lower

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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%. 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%. 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%.

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

5. Canon ( CAJ) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector lower today. As of noon trading, Canon is down $0.55 (-1.5%) to $35.49 on light volume Thus far, 91,863 shares of Canon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 786,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.20-$35.49 after having opened the day at $35.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.04.

Canon Inc. engages in the manufacture and sale of network digital multifunction devices (MFDs), plain paper copying machines, laser printers, inkjet printers, cameras, and lithography equipment worldwide. Canon has a market cap of $40.4 billion and is part of the consumer durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 8.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Canon a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Canon as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and deteriorating net income. Get the full Canon Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Toyota Motor ( TM) is down $1.46 (-1.4%) to $101.00 on light volume Thus far, 177,900 shares of Toyota Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 516,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $100.31-$101.00 after having opened the day at $100.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $102.46.

Toyota Motor Corporation engages in the design, manufacture, assembly, and sale of passenger cars, minivans, and commercial vehicles and related parts primarily in Japan, North America, Europe, and Asia. Toyota Motor has a market cap of $157.4 billion and is part of the automotive industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 45.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Toyota Motor a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Toyota Motor as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. 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 Toyota Motor Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Lorillard ( LO) is down $0.83 (-2.1%) to $38.67 on average volume Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Lorillard exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.46-$39.44 after having opened the day at $39.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.50.

Lorillard, Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells cigarettes in the United States. It markets approximately 43 product offerings in various brand names, including Newport, Kent, True, Maverick, and Old Gold. Lorillard has a market cap of $15.5 billion and is part of the tobacco industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Lorillard a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lorillard as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Lorillard Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Altria Group ( MO) is down $0.62 (-1.8%) to $33.68 on heavy volume Thus far, 7.8 million shares of Altria Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.54-$34.21 after having opened the day at $34.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.30.

Altria Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of cigarettes, smokeless products, and wine in the United States and internationally. Altria Group has a market cap of $70.2 billion and is part of the tobacco industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Altria Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Altria Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. 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 Altria Group Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Philip Morris International ( PM) is down $0.72 (-0.8%) to $90.88 on light volume Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Philip Morris International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $90.73-$91.59 after having opened the day at $91.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $91.60.

Philip Morris International Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells cigarettes and other tobacco products. Philip Morris International has a market cap of $150.9 billion and is part of the tobacco industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.7, equal to the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Philip Morris International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Philip Morris International as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. 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 Philip Morris International 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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