3 Stocks Boosting The Consumer Non-Durables Industry Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 1 points (0.0%) at 15,277 as of Thursday, May 16, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,398 issues advancing vs. 1,509 declining with 138 unchanged.

The Consumer Non-Durables industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.10.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

3. Sealed Air Corporation ( SEE) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Non-Durables industry higher today. As of noon trading, Sealed Air Corporation is up $0.38 (1.65) to $23.72 on average volume Thus far, 2.0 million shares of Sealed Air Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $23.22-$23.80 after having opened the day at $23.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.33.

Sealed Air Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides food safety and security, facility hygiene, and product protection solutions worldwide. The company operates through three segments: Food & Beverage (F&B), Institutional & Laundry (I&L), and Protective Packaging. Sealed Air Corporation has a market cap of $4.5 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 33.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Sealed Air Corporation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sealed Air Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Sealed Air Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Colgate-Palmolive Company ( CL) is up $0.31 (0.50) to $62.58 on heavy volume Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Colgate-Palmolive Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $61.33-$62.60 after having opened the day at $62.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.28.

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 $57.5 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 19.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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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1. As of noon trading, Lululemon Athletica ( LULU) is up $0.41 (0.51) to $80.99 on light volume Thus far, 549,397 shares of Lululemon Athletica exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $80.39-$81.44 after having opened the day at $80.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $80.58.

lululemon athletica inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and distributes athletic apparel and accessories for women, men, and female youth. It operates in three segments: Corporate-Owned Stores, Direct To Consumer, and Other. Lululemon Athletica has a market cap of $11.7 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 43.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Lululemon Athletica a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lululemon Athletica 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full Lululemon Athletica 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 non-durables industry could consider Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR ( XLP) while those bearish on the consumer non-durables industry 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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