SNE, CL And KMB, Pushing 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 20 points (-0.1%) at 15,298 as of Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,604 issues advancing vs. 474 declining with 57 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits down 0.22 versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.17.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the sector lower today:

3. Sony Corporation ( SNE) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector lower today. As of noon trading, Sony Corporation is down $0.68 (-3.2%) to $20.72 on average volume Thus far, 2.4 million shares of Sony Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.65-$21.17 after having opened the day at $21.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.40.

Sony Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, and sells electronic equipment, instruments, and devices for consumer, professional, and industrial markets worldwide. Sony Corporation has a market cap of $21.0 billion and is part of the consumer durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 91.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Sony Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sony Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that we feel that the company's cash flow from its operations has been weak overall. Get the full Sony Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Colgate-Palmolive Company ( CL) is down $0.31 (-0.5%) to $59.39 on light volume Thus far, 1.0 million shares of Colgate-Palmolive Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $59.31-$59.80 after having opened the day at $59.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.70.

Colgate-Palmolive Company, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets consumer products worldwide. The company operates in two segments: Oral, Personal and Home Care; and Pet Nutrition. Colgate-Palmolive Company has a market cap of $55.6 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Colgate-Palmolive Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 15 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Colgate-Palmolive Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, 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 Colgate-Palmolive Company Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Kimberly-Clark Corporation ( KMB) is down $0.89 (-0.9%) to $98.55 on light volume Thus far, 722,021 shares of Kimberly-Clark Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $98.21-$99.40 after having opened the day at $98.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $99.44.

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 $38.3 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Kimberly-Clark Corporation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kimberly-Clark Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and reasonable valuation levels. 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 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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