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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