Consumer Goods Stocks On The Rise With Help From 5 Stocks

All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 63 points (0.4%) at 15,199 as of Monday, July 8, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,878 issues advancing vs. 1,083 declining with 93 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 1.0%. Top gainers within the sector include Delphi Automotive ( DLPH), up 2.2%, Lorillard ( LO), up 2.2%, Reynolds American ( RAI), up 1.8%, Coca-Cola Femsa S.A.B. de C.V ( KOF), up 1.2% and General Mills ( GIS), up 1.2%.

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

5. Altria Group ( MO) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector higher today. As of noon trading, Altria Group is up $0.44 (1.2%) to $35.93 on light volume. Thus far, 3.1 million shares of Altria Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.65-$36.17 after having opened the day at $35.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.49.

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 $71.3 billion and is part of the tobacco industry. Shares are up 12.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 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, attractive valuation levels and increase in stock price during the past year. 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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4. As of noon trading, PepsiCo ( PEP) is up $0.76 (0.9%) to $81.56 on light volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of PepsiCo exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $81.07-$81.73 after having opened the day at $81.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $80.80.

PepsiCo, Inc. operates as a food and beverage company worldwide. PepsiCo has a market cap of $124.8 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are up 18.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate PepsiCo a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

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

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3. As of noon trading, Philip Morris International ( PM) is up $1.09 (1.2%) to $88.60 on average volume. Thus far, 2.1 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 $87.78-$89.12 after having opened the day at $88.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $87.51.

Philip Morris International Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells cigarettes and other tobacco products. Philip Morris International has a market cap of $143.5 billion and is part of the tobacco industry. Shares are up 4.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Philip Morris International Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Ford Motor ( F) is up $0.11 (0.6%) to $16.81 on average volume. Thus far, 21.9 million shares of Ford Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 41.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.75-$16.93 after having opened the day at $16.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.70.

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 $63.4 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are up 29.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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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1. As of noon trading, Procter & Gamble ( PG) is up $0.47 (0.6%) to $78.81 on light volume. Thus far, 3.3 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 $78.50-$79.08 after having opened the day at $78.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $78.34.

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 $215.3 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are up 15.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Procter & Gamble a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 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 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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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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