4 Stocks Dragging The Consumer Goods Sector Downward

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 4 stocks pushing the sector lower today:

4. Ingredion ( INGR) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector lower today. As of noon trading, Ingredion is down $6.50 (-9.4%) to $62.96 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Ingredion exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 448,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $62.42-$65.74 after having opened the day at $65.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $69.46.

Ingredion Incorporated, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells starch and sweetener ingredients in North America, South America, the Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Ingredion has a market cap of $5.4 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are up 7.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Ingredion a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ingredion as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Ingredion Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Colgate-Palmolive Company ( CL) is down $0.31 (-0.5%) to $58.83 on average volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Colgate-Palmolive Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $58.58-$59.27 after having opened the day at $59.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.14.

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 $55.0 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are up 12.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Colgate-Palmolive Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 14 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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2. As of noon trading, Mondelez International ( MDLZ) is down $0.16 (-0.5%) to $30.20 on average volume. Thus far, 4.3 million shares of Mondelez International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.09-$30.50 after having opened the day at $30.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.36.

Mondelez International, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets packaged food products worldwide. Mondelez International has a market cap of $53.8 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are up 18.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Mondelez International a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mondelez International as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, unimpressive growth in net income and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Mondelez International Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Procter & Gamble ( PG) is down $0.46 (-0.6%) to $81.09 on light volume. Thus far, 3.7 million shares of Procter & Gamble exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $80.84-$81.59 after having opened the day at $81.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $81.55.

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 $221.4 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are up 19.0% 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, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. 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).

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