5 Stocks Pushing The Consumer Non-Durables Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 50 points (0.4%) at 14,380 as of Friday, March 8, 2013, 11:50 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,811 issues advancing vs. 1,063 declining with 140 unchanged.

The Consumer Non-Durables industry currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include Carlisle Companies ( CSL), up 1.6%, and International Paper ( IP), up 0.9%. A company within the industry that fell today was Nike ( NKE), up 1.1%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

5. Crown Holdings ( CCK) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Non-Durables industry higher today. As of noon trading, Crown Holdings is up $0.60 (1.5%) to $39.45 on average volume Thus far, 280,166 shares of Crown Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 736,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $39.04-$39.46 after having opened the day at $39.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.85.

Crown Holdings, Inc. engages in the design, manufacture, and sale of packaging products for consumer marketing companies worldwide. Crown Holdings has a market cap of $5.6 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Crown Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Crown Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. Get the full Crown Holdings Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Hanesbrands ( HBI) is up $0.83 (2.1%) to $39.91 on average volume Thus far, 400,184 shares of Hanesbrands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 957,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $39.08-$39.91 after having opened the day at $39.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.08.

Hanesbrands Inc., a consumer goods company, engages in designing, manufacturing, sourcing, and selling a range of basic apparels in the United States and internationally. Hanesbrands has a market cap of $3.9 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.0, 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 Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Hanesbrands a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hanesbrands as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally poor debt management and poor profit margins. Get the full Hanesbrands Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, MeadWestvaco Corporation ( MWV) is up $0.49 (1.4%) to $36.35 on light volume Thus far, 252,390 shares of MeadWestvaco Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.93-$36.37 after having opened the day at $36.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.86.

MeadWestvaco Corporation provides packaging solutions to the healthcare, beauty and personal care, food, beverage, tobacco, and home and garden industries worldwide. MeadWestvaco Corporation has a market cap of $6.3 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate MeadWestvaco Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MeadWestvaco Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. Get the full MeadWestvaco Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Goodyear Tire & Rubber ( GT) is up $0.32 (2.5%) to $13.26 on light volume Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Goodyear Tire & Rubber exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $12.90-$13.31 after having opened the day at $13.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.94.

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company develops, manufactures, distributes, and sells tires and related products and services worldwide. Goodyear Tire & Rubber has a market cap of $3.2 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 6.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Goodyear Tire & Rubber a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Goodyear Tire & Rubber as a buy. Among the primary strengths of the company is its respectable return on equity which we feel is likely to continue. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Goodyear Tire & Rubber Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Lululemon Athletica ( LULU) is up $0.64 (0.9%) to $68.69 on light volume Thus far, 544,702 shares of Lululemon Athletica exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $68.09-$68.86 after having opened the day at $68.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $68.05.

lululemon athletica inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and distributes athletic apparel for women, men, and female youth. Lululemon Athletica has a market cap of $7.8 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 42.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 10.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Lululemon Athletica a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lululemon Athletica as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Lululemon Athletica 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 non-durables industry could consider Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR ( XLP) while those bearish on the consumer non-durables industry 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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