5 Consumer Goods Stocks On The Rise

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 3 points (0.0%) at 14,544 as of Monday, April 22, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,423 issues advancing vs. 1,490 declining with 125 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. Top gainers within the sector include Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company S.A ( CCH), up 4.3%, Rock-Tenn Company ( RKT), up 3.8%, Tesla Motors ( TSLA), up 4.1%, Hasbro ( HAS), up 2.8% and Xerox Corporation ( XRX), up 2.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include BRF ( BRFS), down 1.06, Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev ( ABV), down 0.91 and Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev ( ABV.C), down 0.54.

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

5. VF Corporation ( VFC) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector higher today. As of noon trading, VF Corporation is up $4.08 (2.41) to $173.23 on average volume Thus far, 306,764 shares of VF Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 759,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $169.83-$173.36 after having opened the day at $169.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $169.15.

V.F. Corporation designs and manufactures, or sources from independent contractors various apparel and footwear products primarily in the United States and Europe. VF Corporation has a market cap of $18.6 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates VF Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and attractive valuation levels. 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 VF Corporation Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Johnson Controls ( JCI) is up $0.36 (1.12) to $33.00 on average volume Thus far, 2.2 million shares of Johnson Controls exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.60-$33.19 after having opened the day at $33.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.64.

Johnson Controls, Inc. engages in building efficiency, automotive experience, and power solutions businesses worldwide. Johnson Controls has a market cap of $22.0 billion and is part of the automotive industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Johnson Controls as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Johnson Controls Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, International Paper ( IP) is up $1.51 (3.31) to $47.18 on heavy volume Thus far, 3.4 million shares of International Paper exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.31-$47.20 after having opened the day at $46.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.67.

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 $19.9 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.4, above 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.

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, Lululemon Athletica ( LULU) is up $2.24 (3.28) to $70.62 on heavy volume Thus far, 2.1 million shares of Lululemon Athletica exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $68.43-$70.67 after having opened the day at $69.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $68.38.

lululemon athletica inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and distributes athletic apparel and accessories for women, men, and female youth. It operates in three segments: Corporate-Owned Stores, Direct To Consumer, and Other. Lululemon Athletica has a market cap of $7.7 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 37.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 9.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lululemon Athletica as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust 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. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Lululemon Athletica Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Colgate-Palmolive Company ( CL) is up $0.99 (0.83) to $120.71 on average volume Thus far, 840,700 shares of Colgate-Palmolive Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $119.33-$120.73 after having opened the day at $119.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $119.72.

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 $55.4 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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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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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