Today's Stocks Driving Success For The Consumer Goods Sector

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 46 points (-0.3%) at 15,208 as of Tuesday, June 4, 2013, 12:49 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,093 issues advancing vs. 1,832 declining with 114 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits down 0.31 versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.24. Top gainers within the sector include Canon ( CAJ), up 3.1%, and Panasonic Corporation ( PC), up 2.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company S.A ( OCCH), down 4.03, and Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev ( ABV.C), down 2.67.

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

5. Toyota Motor ( TM) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector higher today. As of noon trading, Toyota Motor is up $1.68 (1.45) to $117.89 on average volume Thus far, 344,122 shares of Toyota Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 659,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $117.70-$118.89 after having opened the day at $118.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $116.21.

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 $202.7 billion and is part of the automotive industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 53.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 26.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Toyota Motor a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Toyota Motor 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, solid stock price performance, notable return on equity and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Toyota Motor Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Ecolab ( ECL) is up $1.78 (2.13) to $85.53 on heavy volume Thus far, 996,355 shares of Ecolab exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $83.71-$85.92 after having opened the day at $83.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $83.75.

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 $25.0 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 31.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Ecolab a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

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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3. As of noon trading, Monster Beverage ( MNST) is up $3.86 (7.14) to $57.82 on heavy volume Thus far, 2.9 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 $55.74-$57.86 after having opened the day at $56.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.96.

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 $9.1 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 30.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Monster Beverage a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Monster Beverage 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, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. 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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2. As of noon trading, General Motors ( GM) is up $0.73 (2.12) to $35.15 on heavy volume Thus far, 18.9 million shares of General Motors exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.76-$35.49 after having opened the day at $35.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.42.

General Motors Company (GM) designs, manufactures, and markets cars, crossovers, trucks, and automobile parts worldwide. General Motors has a market cap of $46.6 billion and is part of the automotive industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate General Motors a buy, no analysts rate 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, attractive valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full General Motors Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Coca-Cola ( KO) is up $0.45 (1.10) to $41.26 on average volume Thus far, 10.4 million shares of Coca-Cola exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.05-$41.72 after having opened the day at $41.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.81.

The Coca-Cola Company, a beverage company, engages in the manufacture, marketing, and sale of nonalcoholic beverages worldwide. The company primarily offers sparkling beverages and still beverages. Coca-Cola has a market cap of $178.1 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Coca-Cola a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Coca-Cola as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins 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 Coca-Cola 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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