5 Stocks Pushing The Consumer Goods Sector Downward

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 3 points (0.0%) at 14,977 as of Monday, May 6, 2013, 12:49 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,675 issues advancing vs. 1,221 declining with 157 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Coca-Cola Femsa S.A.B. de C.V ( KOF), down 2.73, Kimberly-Clark Corporation ( KMB), down 1.18, Altria Group ( MO), down 1.14, Mondelez International ( MDLZ), down 1.20 and Colgate-Palmolive Company ( CL), down 0.88.

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

5. Tyson Foods ( TSN) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector lower today. As of noon trading, Tyson Foods is down $1.07 (-4.3%) to $23.86 on heavy volume Thus far, 7.2 million shares of Tyson Foods exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $23.39-$24.15 after having opened the day at $23.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.93.

Tyson Foods, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the production, distribution, and marketing of chicken, beef, pork, prepared foods, and related allied products worldwide. It operates in four segments: Chicken, Beef, Pork, and Prepared Foods. Tyson Foods has a market cap of $7.0 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 28.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Tyson Foods as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Tyson Foods Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, General Mills ( GIS) is down $0.92 (-1.8%) to $49.80 on average volume Thus far, 2.0 million shares of General Mills exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $49.64-$50.61 after having opened the day at $50.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.72.

General Mills, Inc. manufactures and markets branded consumer foods worldwide. The company also supplies branded and unbranded food products to the foodservice and commercial baking industries. General Mills has a market cap of $32.5 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 25.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates General Mills as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations 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 General Mills Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Nike ( NKE) is down $0.72 (-1.1%) to $63.84 on light volume Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Nike exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $63.78-$64.55 after having opened the day at $64.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.55.

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 $45.3 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 25.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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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2. As of noon trading, Philip Morris International ( PM) is down $1.09 (-1.2%) to $93.17 on average volume Thus far, 2.6 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 $93.14-$94.08 after having opened the day at $93.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $94.26.

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 18.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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 and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Philip Morris International Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Procter & Gamble ( PG) is down $0.61 (-0.8%) to $77.58 on average volume Thus far, 3.7 million shares of Procter & Gamble exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $77.52-$78.40 after having opened the day at $78.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $78.19.

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 $213.1 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 15.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. 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 3 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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