5 Stocks Pushing The Consumer Non-Durables Industry Higher

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 24 points (0.2%) at 14,421 as of Monday, March 11, 2013, 12:45 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,375 issues advancing vs. 1,531 declining with 142 unchanged.

The Consumer Non-Durables industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include Gildan Activewear Inc. Class A ( GIL), up 1.2%, Owens-Illinois ( OI), up 1.1% and MeadWestvaco Corporation ( MWV), up 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Under Armour ( UA), down 1.5%, and PVH ( PVH), down 1.4%.

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

5. Sealed Air Corporation ( SEE) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Non-Durables industry higher today. As of noon trading, Sealed Air Corporation is up $0.36 (1.6%) to $22.86 on light volume Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Sealed Air Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $22.50-$23.07 after having opened the day at $22.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.50.

Sealed Air Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides food safety and security, facility hygiene, and product protection solutions worldwide. Sealed Air Corporation has a market cap of $4.4 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 28.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Sealed Air Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sealed Air Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Sealed Air Corporation Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Nu Skin ( NUS) is up $0.92 (2.2%) to $42.75 on light volume Thus far, 426,926 shares of Nu Skin exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.86-$43.24 after having opened the day at $41.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.83.

Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. develops and distributes anti-aging personal care products and nutritional supplements under the Nu Skin and Pharmanex brands worldwide. Nu Skin has a market cap of $2.4 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Nu Skin a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nu Skin 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, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Nu Skin Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Ecolab ( ECL) is up $0.36 (0.5%) to $78.50 on average volume Thus far, 410,019 shares of Ecolab exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $78.03-$78.93 after having opened the day at $78.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $78.14.

Ecolab Inc. develops and markets programs, products, and services for hospitality, foodservice, healthcare, industrial, and energy markets worldwide. It operates through six segments: U.S. Cleaning and Sanitizing; U.S. Ecolab has a market cap of $23.0 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 33.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Ecolab a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ecolab as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. 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 Ecolab Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Avon Products ( AVP) is up $0.39 (2.0%) to $20.15 on light volume Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Avon Products exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $19.66-$20.16 after having opened the day at $19.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.76.

Avon Products, Inc. manufactures and markets beauty and related products. Avon Products has a market cap of $8.6 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 37.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Avon Products a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Avon Products as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Avon Products Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Coach ( COH) is up $0.66 (1.4%) to $49.59 on average volume Thus far, 3.4 million shares of Coach exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.53-$49.64 after having opened the day at $49.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.93.

Coach, Inc. engages in the design, marketing, and distribution of handbags, accessories, wearables, footwear, jewelry, sunwear, travel bags, watches, and fragrances for women and men in the United States and internationally. Coach has a market cap of $13.6 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 11.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate Coach a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Coach 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, increase in net income, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Coach 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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