4 Stocks Raising The Consumer Goods Sector Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 26 points (0.2%) at 15,572 as of Tuesday, July 23, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,636 issues advancing vs. 1,285 declining with 117 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Royal Philips ( PHG), down 1.4%, and Honda Motor ( HMC), down 0.9%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the sector higher today:

4. Coca-Cola Femsa S.A.B. de C.V ( KOF) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector higher today. As of noon trading, Coca-Cola Femsa S.A.B. de C.V is up $4.03 (2.9%) to $141.32 on average volume. Thus far, 42,828 shares of Coca-Cola Femsa S.A.B. de C.V exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 96,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $136.65-$141.50 after having opened the day at $137.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $137.29.

Coca Cola FEMSA, S.A.B. de C.V., a franchise bottler, produces, markets, and distributes Coca-Cola trademark beverages. Coca-Cola Femsa S.A.B. de C.V has a market cap of $27.8 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are down 7.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Coca-Cola Femsa S.A.B. de C.V a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Coca-Cola Femsa S.A.B. de C.V as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures 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 Coca-Cola Femsa S.A.B. de C.V Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Canon ( CAJ) is up $0.39 (1.1%) to $34.51 on average volume. Thus far, 210,372 shares of Canon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 475,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.32-$34.54 after having opened the day at $34.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.12.

Canon Inc. engages in the manufacture and sale of office multifunction devices (MFDs), plain paper copying machines, laser printers, inkjet printers, cameras, and lithography equipment worldwide. Canon has a market cap of $39.4 billion and is part of the consumer durables industry. Shares are down 13.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Canon a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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

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2. As of noon trading, Sony Corporation ( SNE) is up $0.43 (1.9%) to $23.02 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Sony Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $22.90-$23.10 after having opened the day at $23.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.59.

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 $22.4 billion and is part of the consumer durables industry. Shares are up 101.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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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1. As of noon trading, Coca-Cola ( KO) is up $0.22 (0.6%) to $41.06 on light volume. Thus far, 4.6 million shares of Coca-Cola exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.79-$41.13 after having opened the day at $40.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.84.

The Coca-Cola Company, a beverage company, engages in the manufacture, marketing, and sale of nonalcoholic beverages worldwide. The company primarily offers sparkling beverages and still beverages. Coca-Cola has a market cap of $183.0 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are up 12.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Coca-Cola a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Coca-Cola as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Coca-Cola Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 4 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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