5 Stocks Pushing The Consumer Non-Durables Industry Lower

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One 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 5 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

5. Ecolab ( ECL) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Non-Durables industry lower today. As of noon trading, Ecolab is down $0.70 (-0.8%) to $88.44 on light volume Thus far, 288,252 shares of Ecolab exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $88.40-$88.95 after having opened the day at $88.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $89.14.

Ecolab Inc. develops and markets programs, products, and services for hospitality, foodservice, healthcare, industrial, and energy markets worldwide. It operates through six segments: U.S. Cleaning and Sanitizing; U.S. Ecolab has a market cap of $26.0 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 32.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 24.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ecolab as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth 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 Ecolab Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, VF Corporation ( VFC) is down $2.29 (-1.2%) to $183.37 on light volume Thus far, 125,204 shares of VF Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 611,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $183.37-$186.39 after having opened the day at $185.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $185.66.

V.F. Corporation designs and manufactures, or sources from independent contractors various apparel and footwear products primarily in the United States and Europe. VF Corporation has a market cap of $20.2 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 23.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates VF Corporation 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, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and reasonable valuation levels. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full VF Corporation Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Estee Lauder Cos ( EL) is down $0.37 (-0.5%) to $71.26 on light volume Thus far, 513,568 shares of Estee Lauder Cos exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $70.73-$71.57 after having opened the day at $71.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.63.

The Estee Lauder Companies Inc. engages in the manufacture, marketing, and sale of skin care, makeup, fragrance, and hair care products worldwide. Estee Lauder Cos has a market cap of $17.2 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 19.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Estee Lauder Cos as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Estee Lauder Cos Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, International Paper ( IP) is down $0.56 (-1.1%) to $48.12 on light volume Thus far, 1.4 million shares of International Paper exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.12-$48.91 after having opened the day at $48.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.68.

International Paper Company operates as a paper and packaging company in North America, Europe, Latin America, Russia, Asia, and North Africa. International Paper has a market cap of $21.5 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.0, 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 Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates International Paper as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income, revenue growth and growth in earnings per share. 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 International Paper Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Kimberly-Clark Corporation ( KMB) is down $0.58 (-0.6%) to $104.04 on average volume Thus far, 1.1 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 $103.57-$104.35 after having opened the day at $104.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $104.62.

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 $40.4 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 23.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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