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 62 points (-0.4%) at 14,778 as of Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 958 issues advancing vs. 1,966 declining with 114 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits down 1.15 versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.42. Top gainers within the sector include Philip Morris International ( PM), up 0.9%, and Procter & Gamble ( PG), up 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Xerox Corporation ( XRX), down 3.38, Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev ( ABV), down 1.95, Canon ( CAJ), down 1.92, Honda Motor ( HMC), down 1.50 and Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev ( ABV.C), down 1.40.

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

4. Colgate-Palmolive Company ( CL) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector higher today. As of noon trading, Colgate-Palmolive Company is up $0.64 (0.54) to $120.05 on light volume Thus far, 530,997 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 $118.99-$120.46 after having opened the day at $119.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $119.41.

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 $55.7 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Colgate-Palmolive Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 15 rate it a hold.

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, expanding profit margins 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 Colgate-Palmolive Company Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Kimberly-Clark Corporation ( KMB) is up $1.01 (0.98) to $104.20 on average volume Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Kimberly-Clark Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $102.96-$104.55 after having opened the day at $103.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $103.19.

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 $40.0 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 22.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Kimberly-Clark Corporation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kimberly-Clark Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations 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 Kimberly-Clark Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Altria Group ( MO) is up $0.19 (0.51) to $36.70 on average volume Thus far, 4.7 million shares of Altria Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $36.48-$36.90 after having opened the day at $36.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.51.

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 $73.5 billion and is part of the tobacco industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 16.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Altria Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

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, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and compelling growth in net income. 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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1. As of noon trading, Mondelez International ( MDLZ) is up $0.18 (0.57) to $31.63 on average volume Thus far, 5.9 million shares of Mondelez International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $31.30-$31.69 after having opened the day at $31.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.45.

Mondelez International, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets packaged food products worldwide. Mondelez International has a market cap of $56.4 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 36.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 24.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Mondelez International a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mondelez International as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, unimpressive growth in net income and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Mondelez International 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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