4 Stocks Moving The Consumer Goods Sector Upward

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 52 points (-0.4%) at 14,567 as of Thursday, April 18, 2013, 12:45 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,288 issues advancing vs. 1,600 declining with 135 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits down 0.34 versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.48. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company S.A ( CCH), down 8.12, International Paper ( IP), down 2.00, Honda Motor ( HMC), down 0.78 and Toyota Motor ( TM), down 0.60.

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

4. BRF ( BRFS) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector higher today. As of noon trading, BRF is up $0.75 (3.28) to $23.63 on average volume Thus far, 845,477 shares of BRF exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $22.73-$23.72 after having opened the day at $22.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.88.

BRF - Brasil Foods S.A., together with its subsidiaries, engages in raising, producing, and slaughtering poultry, pork, and beef in Brazil and internationally. BRF has a market cap of $20.2 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 47.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates BRF as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures 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 BRF Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev ( ABV) is up $0.22 (0.56) to $39.56 on average volume Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $39.35-$39.84 after having opened the day at $39.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.34.

Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev engages in the production, distribution, and sale of beer, draft beer, carbonated soft drinks, malt, and other non-alcoholic and non-carbonated products in the Americas. It also sells bottled water, isotonics, and ready-to-drink teas. Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev has a market cap of $124.3 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 103.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 5.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, PepsiCo ( PEP) is up $2.85 (3.61) to $81.70 on heavy volume Thus far, 12.1 million shares of PepsiCo exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $80.11-$83.45 after having opened the day at $80.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $78.85.

PepsiCo, Inc. operates as a food and beverage company worldwide. PepsiCo has a market cap of $124.9 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 15.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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, Procter & Gamble ( PG) is up $0.79 (1.00) to $79.85 on average volume Thus far, 4.5 million shares of Procter & Gamble exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $79.06-$80.00 after having opened the day at $79.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $79.06.

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 $218.8 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 16.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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 the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Procter & Gamble Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 4 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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