5 Stocks Pushing The Consumer Goods Sector Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 32 points (0.2%) at 14,286 as of Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 11:50 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,509 issues advancing vs. 1,334 declining with 158 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Sony Corporation ( SNE), up 1.8%, Honda Motor ( HMC), up 1.3%, Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev ( ABV), up 1.1%, Koninklijke Philips Electronics ( PHG), up 0.7% and Coca-Cola Femsa S.A.B. de C.V ( KOF), up 0.7%. A company within the sector that fell today was Reynolds American ( RAI), up 1.4%.

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 $0.78 (1.7%) to $46.04 on average volume Thus far, 1.6 million shares of International Paper exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.55-$46.15 after having opened the day at $45.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.26.

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 $19.7 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate International Paper a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate 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, Nike ( NKE) is up $0.41 (0.8%) to $55.31 on average volume Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Nike exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $54.70-$55.61 after having opened the day at $54.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.90.

NIKE, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the design, development, marketing, and sale of footwear, apparel, equipment, and accessories for men, women, and children worldwide. Nike has a market cap of $39.2 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Nike a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nike 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, growth in earnings per share, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Nike Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, General Motors ( GM) is up $0.36 (1.3%) to $27.94 on light volume Thus far, 3.0 million shares of General Motors exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.62-$27.95 after having opened the day at $27.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.58.

General Motors Company (GM) designs, manufactures, and markets cars, crossovers, trucks, and automobile parts worldwide. General Motors has a market cap of $37.0 billion and is part of the automotive industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 4.3% 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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2. As of noon trading, Coca-Cola ( KO) is up $0.26 (0.7%) to $38.94 on light volume Thus far, 3.8 million shares of Coca-Cola exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 15.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.70-$38.95 after having opened the day at $38.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.68.

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 $173.0 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 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, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, notable return on equity and reasonable 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 Coca-Cola Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Ford Motor ( F) is up $0.10 (0.8%) to $12.97 on light volume Thus far, 11.4 million shares of Ford Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 52.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $12.91-$13.00 after having opened the day at $12.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.87.

Ford Motor Company engages in the development, manufacture, distribution, and service of vehicles, parts, and accessories worldwide. The company operates through two sectors, Automotive and Financial Services. Ford Motor has a market cap of $49.1 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 0.6% 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, notable return on equity and increase in stock price during the past year. 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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