5 Stocks Dragging The Consumer Goods Sector Downward

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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 5 stocks pushing the sector lower today:

5. Toyota Motor ( TM) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector lower today. As of noon trading, Toyota Motor is down $1.00 (-0.8%) to $129.30 on light volume. Thus far, 121,027 shares of Toyota Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 653,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $129.05-$130.35 after having opened the day at $130.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $130.30.

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 $206.5 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are up 39.7% 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, notable return on equity and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Toyota Motor Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Reynolds American ( RAI) is down $1.23 (-2.4%) to $50.59 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of Reynolds American exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.06-$51.56 after having opened the day at $51.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.82.

Reynolds American Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells cigarette and other tobacco products in the United States. The company operates through RJR Tobacco, American Snuff, and Santa Fe segments. Reynolds American has a market cap of $28.9 billion and is part of the tobacco industry. Shares are up 25.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Reynolds American a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Reynolds American as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Reynolds American Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Lorillard ( LO) is down $1.97 (-4.3%) to $44.18 on heavy volume. Thus far, 4.0 million shares of Lorillard exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $43.77-$45.27 after having opened the day at $45.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.15.

Lorillard, Inc. manufactures and sells cigarettes in the United States. The company operates through two segments, Cigarettes and Electronic Cigarettes. The Cigarettes segment manufactures and sells cigarettes. Lorillard has a market cap of $17.6 billion and is part of the tobacco industry. Shares are up 19.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Lorillard a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lorillard 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Lorillard Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Altria Group ( MO) is down $0.96 (-2.6%) to $35.92 on heavy volume. Thus far, 8.3 million shares of Altria Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.73-$37.01 after having opened the day at $36.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.88.

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 $74.6 billion and is part of the tobacco industry. Shares are up 17.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 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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1. As of noon trading, Philip Morris International ( PM) is down $0.54 (-0.6%) to $88.69 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 $88.58-$89.68 after having opened the day at $89.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $89.23.

Philip Morris International Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells cigarettes and other tobacco products. Philip Morris International has a market cap of $144.9 billion and is part of the tobacco industry. Shares are up 6.7% 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. Among the primary strengths of the company is its expanding profit margins over time. At the same time, however, 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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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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