5 Stocks Pushing The Consumer Goods Sector Higher

All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 18 points (0.1%) at 15,482 as of Monday, July 15, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,893 issues advancing vs. 1,042 declining with 108 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Herbalife ( HLF), up 6.3%, Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev ( ABV), up 1.9%, Companhia de Bebidas das Americas Ambev ( ABV.C), up 1.2% and Honda Motor ( HMC), up 0.9%.

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

5. Johnson Controls ( JCI) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector higher today. As of noon trading, Johnson Controls is up $0.45 (1.2%) to $37.36 on average volume. Thus far, 2.0 million shares of Johnson Controls exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $36.94-$37.56 after having opened the day at $36.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.91.

Johnson Controls, Inc. engages in building efficiency, automotive experience, and power solutions businesses worldwide. Johnson Controls has a market cap of $25.0 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are up 19.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Johnson Controls a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Johnson Controls as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Johnson Controls Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters ( GMCR) is up $2.89 (4.2%) to $71.77 on average volume. Thus far, 2.0 million shares of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $68.72-$71.92 after having opened the day at $68.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $68.88.

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. engages in the specialty coffee and coffeemaker businesses in the United States and Canada. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters has a market cap of $10.6 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are up 71.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Green Mountain Coffee Roasters a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Green Mountain Coffee Roasters 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, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, PepsiCo ( PEP) is up $0.46 (0.6%) to $84.78 on light volume. Thus far, 1.3 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 $84.33-$84.92 after having opened the day at $84.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $84.32.

PepsiCo, Inc. operates as a food and beverage company worldwide. PepsiCo has a market cap of $130.7 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are up 23.6% 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, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year and reasonable valuation levels. 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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2. As of noon trading, Ford Motor ( F) is up $0.14 (0.8%) to $17.26 on light volume. Thus far, 12.1 million shares of Ford Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 42.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $17.16-$17.29 after having opened the day at $17.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.11.

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 $65.5 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are up 31.1% 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, Apple ( AAPL) is up $2.44 (0.6%) to $428.95 on light volume. Thus far, 4.8 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 $424.80-$431.46 after having opened the day at $425.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $426.51.

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 $401.1 billion and is part of the consumer durables industry. Shares are down 19.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 29 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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