5 Consumer Goods Stocks Pushing The Sector Higher

All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 31 points (0.2%) at 15,006 as of Tuesday, July 2, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,611 issues advancing vs. 1,325 declining with 103 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.4%. Top gainers within the sector include Canon ( CAJ), up 4.1%, and Honda Motor ( HMC), up 1.7%.

TheStreet 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 $2.06 (1.7%) to $125.08 on average volume. Thus far, 372,529 shares of Toyota Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 738,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $124.46-$125.33 after having opened the day at $124.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $123.02.

Toyota Motor Corporation engages in the design, manufacture, assembly, and sale of passenger cars, minivans, commercial vehicles, and related parts and accessories primarily in Japan, North America, Europe, and Asia. It operates through Automotive, Financial Services, and All Other segments. Toyota Motor has a market cap of $191.1 billion and is part of the automotive industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 31.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates 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 and notable return on equity. 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 Toyota Motor Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Philip Morris International ( PM) is up $0.27 (0.3%) to $87.80 on average volume. Thus far, 2.2 million shares of Philip Morris International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $87.18-$88.38 after having opened the day at $87.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $87.53.

Philip Morris International Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells cigarettes and other tobacco products. Philip Morris International has a market cap of $141.7 billion and is part of the tobacco industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.7% 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, weak operating cash flow and relatively poor performance when compared with the S&P 500 during the past year. Get the full Philip Morris International Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Ford Motor ( F) is up $0.35 (2.2%) to $16.09 on heavy volume. Thus far, 33.2 million shares of Ford Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 41.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $15.69-$16.10 after having opened the day at $15.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.74.

Ford Motor Company engages in the development, manufacture, distribution, and service of vehicles, parts, and accessories worldwide. The company operates through two sectors, Automotive and Financial Services. Ford Motor has a market cap of $59.7 billion and is part of the automotive industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 19.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Ford Motor a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ford Motor as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels, growth in earnings per share and increase 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 Ford Motor Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Procter & Gamble ( PG) is up $0.45 (0.6%) to $78.47 on average volume. Thus far, 4.1 million shares of Procter & Gamble exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $77.71-$78.54 after having opened the day at $77.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $78.02.

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 $211.0 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Procter & Gamble a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 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, notable return on equity, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Procter & Gamble Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Apple ( AAPL) is up $9.43 (2.3%) to $418.65 on average volume. Thus far, 9.6 million shares of Apple exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 15.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $409.47-$421.63 after having opened the day at $409.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $409.22.

Apple Inc., together with subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and markets personal computers, mobile communication devices, and portable digital music and video players, as well as sells various related software, services, peripherals, and networking solutions. Apple has a market cap of $372.2 billion and is part of the consumer durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 25.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 30 analysts that rate Apple a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Apple 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, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Apple 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).
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