3 Stocks Pushing The Consumer Goods Sector Downward

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One 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. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Sony Corporation ( SNE), down 3.6%, and Toyota Motor ( TM), down 1.1%. 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%.

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

3. Honda Motor ( HMC) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector lower today. As of noon trading, Honda Motor is down $0.21 (-0.5%) to $38.62 on light volume. Thus far, 198,504 shares of Honda Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 577,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.42-$38.83 after having opened the day at $38.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.83.

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. engages in the manufacture and sale of motorcycles, automobiles, and power products. It operates through four segments: Motorcycle Business, Automobile Business, Financial Services Business, and Power Product and Other Businesses. Honda Motor has a market cap of $70.3 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are up 5.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Honda Motor a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Honda Motor as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity 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 Honda Motor Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Fortune Brands Home & Security ( FBHS) is down $1.96 (-4.7%) to $39.69 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.1 million shares of Fortune Brands Home & Security exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.92-$41.65 after having opened the day at $37.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.65.

Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc. provides home and security products for use in residential home repair, remodeling, new construction, and security and storage applications. Fortune Brands Home & Security has a market cap of $7.0 billion and is part of the consumer durables industry. Shares are up 45.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Fortune Brands Home & Security a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fortune Brands Home & Security as a hold. 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 and notable return on equity. 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 Fortune Brands Home & Security Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, General Motors ( GM) is down $0.20 (-0.5%) to $36.94 on average volume. Thus far, 10.2 million shares of General Motors exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $36.51-$37.71 after having opened the day at $37.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.14.

General Motors Company (GM) designs, manufactures, and markets cars, crossovers, trucks, and automobile parts worldwide. General Motors has a market cap of $50.3 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are up 27.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate General Motors a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates General Motors as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures 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 General Motors 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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