5 Consumer Goods Stocks On The Rise

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 6 points (0.0%) at 14,695 as of Friday, April 26, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 953 issues advancing vs. 1,941 declining with 134 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits down 0.56 versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.43. A company within the sector that increased today was Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company S.A ( CCH), up 4.89. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Sony Corporation ( SNE), down 4.65, VF Corporation ( VFC), down 3.73, International Paper ( IP), down 2.12 and Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev ( ABV.C), down 1.24.

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

5. Autoliv ( ALV) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector higher today. As of noon trading, Autoliv is up $3.78 (5.33) to $74.74 on heavy volume Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Autoliv exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 582,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $73.97-$76.09 after having opened the day at $74.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $70.96.

Autoliv, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the development, manufacture, and supply of automotive safety systems to the automotive industry. Autoliv has a market cap of $6.6 billion and is part of the automotive industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Autoliv 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 and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Autoliv Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Archer-Daniels Midland Company ( ADM) is up $0.42 (1.25) to $33.60 on average volume Thus far, 3.1 million shares of Archer-Daniels Midland Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.24-$33.87 after having opened the day at $33.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.18.

Archer-Daniels-Midland Company manufactures and sells protein meal, vegetable oil, corn sweeteners, flour, biodiesel, ethanol, and other value-added food and feed ingredients; and processes oilseeds, corn, wheat, cocoa, and other agricultural commodities. Archer-Daniels Midland Company has a market cap of $21.3 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 21.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Archer-Daniels Midland Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, 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 somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Archer-Daniels Midland Company Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Philip Morris International ( PM) is up $0.74 (0.78) to $95.38 on light volume Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Philip Morris International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $94.67-$95.41 after having opened the day at $94.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $94.64.

Philip Morris International Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells cigarettes and other tobacco products. Philip Morris International has a market cap of $154.4 billion and is part of the tobacco industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Philip Morris International as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, weak operating cash flow and 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 up $0.12 (0.89) to $13.59 on average volume Thus far, 19.2 million shares of Ford Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 37.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $13.45-$13.64 after having opened the day at $13.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.47.

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 $51.4 billion and is part of the automotive industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ford Motor 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 and notable return on equity. 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, Procter & Gamble ( PG) is up $0.45 (0.59) to $77.03 on average volume Thus far, 3.9 million shares of Procter & Gamble exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $76.58-$77.07 after having opened the day at $76.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $76.58.

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 $210.7 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.4, 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 Thursday.

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 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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