4 Stocks Pushing The Consumer Goods Sector Downward

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 5 points (0.0%) at 15,100 as of Thursday, May 9, 2013, 12:45 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,176 issues advancing vs. 1,742 declining with 136 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.21. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include General Motors ( GM), down 1.00, Canon ( CAJ), down 1.12, Philip Morris International ( PM), down 0.94 and Coca-Cola ( KO), down 0.49.

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

4. Honda Motor ( HMC) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector lower today. As of noon trading, Honda Motor is down $0.43 (-1.1%) to $40.17 on light volume Thus far, 203,583 shares of Honda Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 554,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $39.95-$40.24 after having opened the day at $40.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.60.

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the development, manufacture, and distribution of motorcycles, automobiles, and power products worldwide. Honda Motor has a market cap of $72.8 billion and is part of the automotive industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Honda Motor as a buy. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid stock performance, considering both the consistency and magnitude of the price movement over time. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Honda Motor Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Toyota Motor ( TM) is down $2.01 (-1.7%) to $117.69 on heavy volume Thus far, 599,803 shares of Toyota Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 585,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $117.16-$118.02 after having opened the day at $117.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $119.70.

Toyota Motor Corporation engages in the design, manufacture, assembly, and sale of passenger cars, minivans, and commercial vehicles and related parts primarily in Japan, North America, Europe, and Asia. Toyota Motor has a market cap of $183.8 billion and is part of the automotive industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 52.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 28.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Toyota Motor as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, 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 Toyota Motor Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Monster Beverage ( MNST) is down $4.04 (-7.1%) to $52.93 on heavy volume Thus far, 6.4 million shares of Monster Beverage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.75-$53.86 after having opened the day at $51.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.97.

Monster Beverage Corporation, through its subsidiaries, develops, markets, sells, and distributes alternative beverage category beverages in the United States and internationally. Monster Beverage has a market cap of $9.5 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 32.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Monster Beverage 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, notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Monster Beverage Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Altria Group ( MO) is down $0.27 (-0.7%) to $36.25 on average volume Thus far, 4.3 million shares of Altria Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $36.25-$36.63 after having opened the day at $36.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.52.

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 $73.3 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 16.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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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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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