3 Stocks Pushing The Consumer Goods Sector Higher

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 15 points (-0.1%) at 14,074 as of Monday, March 4, 2013, 12:05 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,220 issues advancing vs. 1,591 declining with 184 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the sector include Altria Group ( MO), up 0.9%, and Philip Morris International ( PM), up 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Canon ( CAJ), down 2.6%, Panasonic Corporation ( PC), down 1.5%, Toyota Motor ( TM), down 0.9% and General Motors ( GM), down 0.6%.

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

3. Reynolds American ( RAI) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector higher today. As of noon trading, Reynolds American is up $0.37 (0.8%) to $43.73 on light volume Thus far, 753,971 shares of Reynolds American exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $43.24-$43.96 after having opened the day at $43.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.36.

Reynolds American Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells cigarette and other tobacco products in the United States. The company operates through RJR Tobacco, American Snuff, and Santa Fe segments. Reynolds American has a market cap of $24.2 billion and is part of the tobacco industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Reynolds American a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Reynolds American as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Reynolds American Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, VF Corporation ( VFC) is up $1.98 (1.2%) to $162.67 on light volume Thus far, 207,643 shares of VF Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 891,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $160.76-$163.00 after having opened the day at $160.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $160.69.

V.F. Corporation designs and manufactures, or sources from independent contractors various apparel and footwear products primarily in the United States and Europe. VF Corporation has a market cap of $17.8 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate VF Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates VF Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and attractive valuation levels. 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 VF Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Mondelez International ( MDLZ) is up $0.35 (1.3%) to $28.16 on average volume Thus far, 9.0 million shares of Mondelez International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.61-$28.42 after having opened the day at $27.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.81.

Mondelez International, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets packaged food products worldwide. Mondelez International has a market cap of $49.2 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 32.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Mondelez International a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

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

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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.

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