3 Stocks Pushing The Consumer Goods Sector Lower

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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%. A company within the sector that fell today was Reynolds American ( RAI), up 1.4%. 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%.

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

3. BRF - Brasil Foods ( BRFS) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector lower today. As of noon trading, BRF - Brasil Foods is down $0.35 (-1.6%) to $22.19 on light volume Thus far, 429,207 shares of BRF - Brasil Foods exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $22.09-$22.54 after having opened the day at $22.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.54.

BRF - Brasil Foods S.A., together with its subsidiaries, engages in raising, producing, and slaughtering poultry, pork, and beef in Brazil and internationally. BRF - Brasil Foods has a market cap of $19.1 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 44.9, above 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 Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate BRF - Brasil Foods a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates BRF - Brasil Foods as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full BRF - Brasil Foods Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Altria Group ( MO) is down $0.19 (-0.6%) to $34.05 on light volume Thus far, 2.6 million shares of Altria Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.01-$34.34 after having opened the day at $34.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.24.

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 $68.2 billion and is part of the tobacco industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Altria Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 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 solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth 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 Altria Group Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Philip Morris International ( PM) is down $0.54 (-0.6%) to $91.74 on light volume Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Philip Morris International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $91.63-$92.63 after having opened the day at $92.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $92.28.

Philip Morris International Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells cigarettes and other tobacco products. Philip Morris International has a market cap of $152.2 billion and is part of the tobacco industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.3% 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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