5 Stocks Pushing The Consumer Goods Sector Lower

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 25 points (-0.2%) at 14,513 as of Friday, March 15, 2013, 12:49 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,309 issues advancing vs. 1,578 declining with 140 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include BRF - Brasil Foods ( BRFS), down 1.7%, Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev ( ABV), down 1.1% and Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev ( ABV.C), down 0.7%. A company within the sector that increased today was Mead Johnson Nutrition Company ( MJN), up 1.7%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the sector lower today:

5. Colgate-Palmolive Company ( CL) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector lower today. As of noon trading, Colgate-Palmolive Company is down $1.36 (-1.2%) to $112.48 on heavy volume Thus far, 1.7 million shares of Colgate-Palmolive Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $112.33-$113.11 after having opened the day at $112.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $113.84.

Colgate-Palmolive Company, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets consumer products worldwide. The company operates in two segments: Oral, Personal and Home Care; and Pet Nutrition. Colgate-Palmolive Company has a market cap of $53.7 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.3, 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 Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Colgate-Palmolive Company a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Colgate-Palmolive Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. 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 Colgate-Palmolive Company Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Kimberly-Clark Corporation ( KMB) is down $0.84 (-0.9%) to $92.94 on heavy volume Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Kimberly-Clark Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $92.66-$93.98 after having opened the day at $93.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $93.78.

Kimberly-Clark Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets personal care, consumer tissue, and health care products worldwide. The company operates in four segments: Personal Care, Consumer Tissue, K-C Professional, and Health Care. Kimberly-Clark Corporation has a market cap of $36.1 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Kimberly-Clark Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kimberly-Clark Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Kimberly-Clark Corporation Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Altria Group ( MO) is down $0.14 (-0.4%) to $33.66 on average volume Thus far, 6.2 million shares of Altria Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.52-$33.74 after having opened the day at $33.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.80.

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 7.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 increase in stock price during the past year, 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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2. As of noon trading, Coca-Cola ( KO) is down $0.24 (-0.6%) to $38.78 on average volume Thus far, 11.1 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 $38.66-$38.94 after having opened the day at $38.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.02.

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 $172.0 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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, increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share, notable return on equity and reasonable valuation levels. 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 Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Procter & Gamble ( PG) is down $0.32 (-0.4%) to $77.06 on heavy volume Thus far, 7.4 million shares of Procter & Gamble exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $76.77-$77.38 after having opened the day at $77.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.39.

The Procter & Gamble Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of a range of branded consumer packaged goods. The company operates in five segments: Beauty, Grooming, Health Care, Fabric Care and Home Care, and Baby Care and Family Care. Procter & Gamble has a market cap of $209.8 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables 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 14.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Procter & Gamble a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Procter & Gamble as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and compelling growth in net income. 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 Procter & Gamble 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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