4 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 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 Goods sector currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Tupperware Brands Corporation ( TUP), down 3.8%, BRF - Brasil Foods ( BRFS), down 3.8%, Koninklijke Philips Electronics ( PHG), down 1.6%, Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company S.A ( CCH), down 1.5% and Xerox Corporation ( XRX), down 1.5%. Top gainers within the sector include Ford Motor ( F), up 1.8%, Sony Corporation ( SNE), up 1.3%, Coach ( COH), up 1.4%, Altria Group ( MO), up 0.7% and General Motors ( GM), up 0.8%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the sector lower today:

4. Coca-Cola Femsa S.A.B. de C.V ( KOF) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector lower today. As of noon trading, Coca-Cola Femsa S.A.B. de C.V is down $1.13 (-0.7%) to $161.19 on light volume Thus far, 26,796 shares of Coca-Cola Femsa S.A.B. de C.V exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 98,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $160.46-$162.29 after having opened the day at $161.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $162.32.

Coca Cola FEMSA, S.A.B. de C.V., a franchise bottler, produces, markets, and distributes Coca-Cola trademark beverages. Coca-Cola Femsa S.A.B. de C.V has a market cap of $32.2 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 40.0, above 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 Friday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Coca-Cola Femsa S.A.B. de C.V a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Coca-Cola Femsa S.A.B. de C.V 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Coca-Cola Femsa S.A.B. de C.V Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Ingredion ( INGR) is down $2.45 (-3.6%) to $66.33 on heavy volume Thus far, 511,993 shares of Ingredion exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 551,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $65.82-$68.31 after having opened the day at $68.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $68.78.

Ingredion Incorporated, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells starch and sweetener ingredients in North America, South America, the Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Ingredion has a market cap of $5.2 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.4, 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 5 analysts that rate Ingredion a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ingredion 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, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Ingredion Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Mead Johnson Nutrition Company ( MJN) is down $1.14 (-1.5%) to $73.45 on light volume Thus far, 656,709 shares of Mead Johnson Nutrition Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $73.37-$74.57 after having opened the day at $74.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $74.59.

Mead Johnson Nutrition Company manufactures, distributes, and sells infant formulas, children's nutrition, and other nutritional products. Mead Johnson Nutrition Company has a market cap of $15.1 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Mead Johnson Nutrition Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mead Johnson Nutrition Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Mead Johnson Nutrition Company Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, General Mills ( GIS) is down $0.50 (-1.1%) to $45.82 on heavy volume Thus far, 3.2 million shares of General Mills exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.56-$46.20 after having opened the day at $46.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.33.

General Mills, Inc. manufactures and markets branded consumer foods worldwide. The company also supplies branded and unbranded food products to the foodservice and commercial baking industries. General Mills has a market cap of $30.0 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate General Mills a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates General Mills as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. 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 General Mills 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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