5 Stocks Driving 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 down 10 points (-0.1%) at 15,618 as of Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,354 issues advancing vs. 1,554 declining with 118 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. A company within the sector that increased today was Apple ( AAPL), up 0.7%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the sector higher today:

5. 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 $3.64 (2.5%) to $147.76 on light volume. Thus far, 28,366 shares of Coca-Cola Femsa S.A.B. de C.V exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 92,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $143.90-$148.89 after having opened the day at $144.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $144.12.

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 $28.7 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are down 5.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Coca-Cola Femsa S.A.B. de C.V a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 5 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, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Coca-Cola Femsa S.A.B. de C.V Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Honda Motor ( HMC) is up $1.03 (2.8%) to $37.98 on average volume. Thus far, 251,193 shares of Honda Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 553,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.34-$37.98 after having opened the day at $37.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.95.

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 $66.9 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are up 0.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 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 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 Honda Motor Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Toyota Motor ( TM) is up $8.18 (6.5%) to $134.42 on heavy volume. Thus far, 579,827 shares of Toyota Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 645,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $129.05-$134.57 after having opened the day at $129.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $126.24.

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 $193.1 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are up 30.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 and notable return on equity. 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 Toyota Motor Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, General Motors ( GM) is up $0.62 (1.7%) to $37.09 on average volume. Thus far, 5.7 million shares of General Motors exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $36.34-$37.10 after having opened the day at $36.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.47.

General Motors Company (GM) designs, manufactures, and markets cars, crossovers, trucks, and automobile parts worldwide. General Motors has a market cap of $49.6 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are up 24.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 revenue growth, solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. 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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1. As of noon trading, Ford Motor ( F) is up $0.20 (1.2%) to $17.39 on average volume. Thus far, 17.5 million shares of Ford Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 42.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $17.12-$17.42 after having opened the day at $17.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.19.

Ford Motor Company engages in the development, manufacture, distribution, and service of vehicles, parts, and accessories worldwide. The company operates through two sectors, Automotive and Financial Services. Ford Motor has a market cap of $65.2 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are up 30.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Ford Motor a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ford Motor as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Ford Motor Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 5 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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