PHG, SNE, RL And KMB, 4 Consumer Goods Stocks Pushing The Sector Lower

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One out of the three major indices are trading up 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%. 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. 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%.

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

4. Koninklijke Philips Electronics ( PHG) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector lower today. As of noon trading, Koninklijke Philips Electronics is down $1.43 (-5.0%) to $26.87 on heavy volume Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Koninklijke Philips Electronics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 811,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $26.59-$27.25 after having opened the day at $27.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.30.

Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V. engages in the healthcare, lighting, and consumer lifestyle businesses worldwide. Koninklijke Philips Electronics has a market cap of $27.2 billion and is part of the industrial industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 76.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Koninklijke Philips Electronics 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, solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Koninklijke Philips Electronics Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Sony Corporation ( SNE) is down $0.15 (-0.9%) to $16.50 on light volume Thus far, 833,711 shares of Sony Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.30-$16.50 after having opened the day at $16.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.65.

Sony Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, and sells electronic equipment, instruments, and devices for consumer, professional, and industrial markets worldwide. Sony Corporation has a market cap of $16.4 billion and is part of the consumer durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 4.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 48.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sony Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Sony Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Ralph Lauren ( RL) is down $2.80 (-1.7%) to $166.34 on average volume Thus far, 420,179 shares of Ralph Lauren exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 766,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $165.57-$169.46 after having opened the day at $169.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $169.14.

Ralph Lauren Corporation engages in the design, marketing, and distribution of lifestyle products. Ralph Lauren has a market cap of $10.2 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ralph Lauren as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Ralph Lauren Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Kimberly-Clark Corporation ( KMB) is down $0.76 (-0.7%) to $105.34 on average volume Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Kimberly-Clark Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $104.61-$105.63 after having opened the day at $105.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $106.10.

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 $39.2 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 25.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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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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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