4 Stocks Pulling The Consumer Goods Sector Downward

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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. 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 4 stocks pushing the sector lower today:

4. Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev ( ABV) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector lower today. As of noon trading, Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev is down $0.79 (-2.1%) to $37.26 on average volume Thus far, 1.7 million shares of Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.08-$38.26 after having opened the day at $38.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.05.

Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev produces, distributes, and sells beer, draft beer, soft drinks, other non-alcoholic beverages, malt, and food in the Americas. It provides carbonated soft drinks, bottled water, isotonic beverages, energy drinks, and ready-to-drink teas. Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev has a market cap of $119.2 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 103.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 9.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. 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 Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Altria Group ( MO) is down $0.20 (-0.6%) to $36.26 on light volume Thus far, 3.2 million shares of Altria Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $36.13-$36.60 after having opened the day at $36.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.46.

Altria Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of cigarettes, smokeless products, and wine in the United States and internationally. Altria Group has a market cap of $72.5 billion and is part of the tobacco industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 16.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Altria Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Altria Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year and compelling growth in net income. 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 Altria Group Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Philip Morris International ( PM) is down $0.38 (-0.4%) to $92.00 on average volume Thus far, 2.3 million shares of Philip Morris International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $91.59-$92.82 after having opened the day at $92.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $92.38.

Philip Morris International Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells cigarettes and other tobacco products. Philip Morris International has a market cap of $148.7 billion and is part of the tobacco industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Philip Morris International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Philip Morris International as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Philip Morris International Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Procter & Gamble ( PG) is down $0.55 (-0.7%) to $77.11 on average volume Thus far, 5.0 million shares of Procter & Gamble exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $77.00-$78.47 after having opened the day at $77.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.66.

The Procter & Gamble Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of a range of branded consumer packaged goods. The company operates in five segments: Beauty, Grooming, Health Care, Fabric Care and Home Care, and Baby Care and Family Care. Procter & Gamble has a market cap of $210.4 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Procter & Gamble a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Procter & Gamble as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Procter & Gamble 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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