5 Stocks Dragging In The Consumer Goods Sector

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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 5 stocks pushing the sector lower today:

5. Nike ( NKE) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector lower today. As of noon trading, Nike is down $1.02 (-1.7%) to $59.88 on average volume Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Nike exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $59.70-$61.20 after having opened the day at $60.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $60.90.

NIKE, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the design, development, marketing, and sale of footwear, apparel, equipment, and accessories for men, women, and children worldwide. Nike has a market cap of $43.3 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 18.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nike 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, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Nike Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Altria Group ( MO) is down $0.45 (-1.3%) to $34.69 on average volume Thus far, 4.5 million shares of Altria Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.63-$35.10 after having opened the day at $35.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.14.

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 $71.1 billion and is part of the tobacco industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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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3. As of noon trading, Philip Morris International ( PM) is down $2.44 (-2.6%) to $91.60 on heavy volume Thus far, 3.9 million shares of Philip Morris International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $90.70-$92.62 after having opened the day at $92.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $94.04.

Philip Morris International Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells cigarettes and other tobacco products. Philip Morris International has a market cap of $156.0 billion and is part of the tobacco industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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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2. As of noon trading, Ford Motor ( F) is down $0.16 (-1.3%) to $12.76 on average volume Thus far, 19.2 million shares of Ford Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 38.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $12.65-$12.98 after having opened the day at $12.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.92.

Ford Motor Company engages in the development, manufacture, distribution, and service of vehicles, parts, and accessories worldwide. The company operates through two sectors, Automotive and Financial Services. Ford Motor has a market cap of $50.6 billion and is part of the automotive industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ford Motor as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. Get the full Ford Motor Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Coca-Cola ( KO) is down $0.36 (-0.8%) to $42.19 on average volume Thus far, 7.3 million shares of Coca-Cola exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 15.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $42.09-$42.65 after having opened the day at $42.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.55.

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 $188.8 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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 good cash flow from operations. 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 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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