Today's Stocks Driving Success For The Consumer Goods Sector

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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 3 points (0.0%) at 15,545 as of Thursday, July 25, 2013, 12:49 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,346 issues advancing vs. 1,602 declining with 83 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the sector include International Paper ( IP), up 5.3%, Coca-Cola Femsa S.A.B. de C.V ( KOF), up 1.5%, Reynolds American ( RAI), up 1.1%, Philip Morris International ( PM), up 1.0% and Kimberly-Clark Corporation ( KMB), up 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Sony Corporation ( SNE), down 3.6%, and Toyota Motor ( TM), down 1.1%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the sector higher today:

3. Under Armour ( UA) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector higher today. As of noon trading, Under Armour is up $7.16 (11.6%) to $68.99 on heavy volume. Thus far, 3.3 million shares of Under Armour exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $65.35-$69.43 after having opened the day at $65.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.83.

Under Armour, Inc. engages in the development, marketing, and distribution of branded performance apparel, footwear, and accessories for men, women, and youth primarily in North America, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Under Armour has a market cap of $5.2 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are up 27.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Under Armour a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

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

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2. As of noon trading, Mead Johnson Nutrition Company ( MJN) is up $5.27 (7.5%) to $75.94 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.7 million shares of Mead Johnson Nutrition Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $75.46-$78.29 after having opened the day at $76.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $70.67.

Mead Johnson Nutrition Company manufactures, distributes, and sells infant formulas, children's nutrition, and other nutritional products. Mead Johnson Nutrition Company has a market cap of $14.5 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are up 8.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Mead Johnson Nutrition Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mead Johnson Nutrition Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and revenue growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Mead Johnson Nutrition Company Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Colgate-Palmolive Company ( CL) is up $0.94 (1.6%) to $59.40 on average volume. Thus far, 2.1 million shares of Colgate-Palmolive Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $58.50-$59.43 after having opened the day at $58.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.47.

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 $54.5 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are up 11.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Colgate-Palmolive Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 13 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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If you are interested in one of these 3 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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