Consumer Goods Stocks On The Rise With Help From 5 Stocks

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 54 points (0.4%) at 15,287 as of Friday, May 17, 2013, 12:54 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,992 issues advancing vs. 899 declining with 140 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.5%. Top gainers within the sector include Ford Motor ( F), up 2.9%, Honda Motor ( HMC), up 1.8%, Toyota Motor ( TM), up 1.6% and Canon ( CAJ), up 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company S.A ( OCCH), down 3.74, Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev ( ABV.C), down 1.72, Coca-Cola ( KO), down 1.04 and Colgate-Palmolive Company ( CL), down 0.66.

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

5. PACCAR ( PCAR) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector higher today. As of noon trading, PACCAR is up $1.44 (2.73) to $54.21 on heavy volume Thus far, 1.6 million shares of PACCAR exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $53.10-$54.28 after having opened the day at $53.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.77.

PACCAR Inc, together with its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and distributes light, medium, and heavy-duty trucks and related aftermarket parts worldwide. PACCAR has a market cap of $18.8 billion and is part of the automotive 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 17.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate PACCAR a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

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

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4. As of noon trading, Delphi Automotive ( DLPH) is up $1.15 (2.45) to $48.15 on heavy volume Thus far, 1.9 million shares of Delphi Automotive exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $47.07-$48.27 after having opened the day at $47.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.00.

Delphi Automotive PLC, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures vehicle components; and provides electrical and electronic, powertrain, safety, and thermal technology solutions for the automotive and commercial vehicle markets worldwide. Delphi Automotive has a market cap of $14.5 billion and is part of the automotive industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 22.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Delphi Automotive a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Delphi Automotive as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins. Get the full Delphi Automotive Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Johnson Controls ( JCI) is up $0.62 (1.69) to $37.25 on average volume Thus far, 2.7 million shares of Johnson Controls exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $36.88-$37.42 after having opened the day at $36.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.63.

Johnson Controls, Inc. engages in building efficiency, automotive experience, and power solutions businesses worldwide. Johnson Controls has a market cap of $25.2 billion and is part of the automotive industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 19.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Johnson Controls a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Johnson Controls as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Johnson Controls Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Nike ( NKE) is up $0.53 (0.82) to $64.97 on light volume Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Nike exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $64.40-$65.26 after having opened the day at $64.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.44.

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 $47.1 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 24.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Nike a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

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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1. As of noon trading, General Motors ( GM) is up $1.12 (3.46) to $33.51 on heavy volume Thus far, 9.9 million shares of General Motors exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.81-$33.58 after having opened the day at $32.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.39.

General Motors Company (GM) designs, manufactures, and markets cars, crossovers, trucks, and automobile parts worldwide. General Motors has a market cap of $44.4 billion and is part of the automotive industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate General Motors a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates General Motors as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full General Motors Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 5 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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