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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