Today's Stocks Driving Success For The Consumer Goods Sector

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 36 points (0.3%) at 14,562 as of Thursday, March 28, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,626 issues advancing vs. 1,256 declining with 162 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Panasonic Corporation ( PC), down 1.9%, Canon ( CAJ), down 1.7% and Sony Corporation ( SNE), down 1.4%.

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

5. Coca-Cola Femsa S.A.B. de C.V ( KOF) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector higher today. As of noon trading, Coca-Cola Femsa S.A.B. de C.V is up $1.49 (0.9%) to $163.90 on light volume Thus far, 20,720 shares of Coca-Cola Femsa S.A.B. de C.V exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 90,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $162.27-$164.62 after having opened the day at $162.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $162.41.

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 $32.9 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 31.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 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 Coca-Cola Femsa S.A.B. de C.V Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Ecolab ( ECL) is up $1.34 (1.7%) to $79.68 on average volume Thus far, 524,144 shares of Ecolab exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $78.67-$79.91 after having opened the day at $78.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $78.34.

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 $23.3 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 33.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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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3. As of noon trading, International Paper ( IP) is up $0.90 (2.0%) to $46.47 on average volume Thus far, 2.1 million shares of International Paper exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.52-$46.63 after having opened the day at $45.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.57.

International Paper Company operates as a paper and packaging company in North America, Europe, Latin America, Russia, Asia, and North Africa. International Paper has a market cap of $20.2 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate International Paper a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates International Paper as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full International Paper Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, PepsiCo ( PEP) is up $0.47 (0.6%) to $78.76 on light volume Thus far, 1.8 million shares of PepsiCo exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $78.07-$78.93 after having opened the day at $78.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $78.29.

PepsiCo, Inc. operates as a food and beverage company worldwide. PepsiCo has a market cap of $123.2 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate PepsiCo a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PepsiCo as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. 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 PepsiCo Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Philip Morris International ( PM) is up $0.72 (0.8%) to $92.72 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 $91.95-$92.92 after having opened the day at $92.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $92.00.

Philip Morris International Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells cigarettes and other tobacco products. Philip Morris International has a market cap of $151.2 billion and is part of the tobacco industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.7, equal to the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 growth in earnings per share, revenue growth and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has experienced relatively poor performance when compared with the S&P 500 during the past year. 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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