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 14 points (-0.1%) at 15,098 as of Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,393 issues advancing vs. 1,555 declining with 92 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Nike ( NKE), up 0.7%, and Honda Motor ( HMC), up 0.5%. A company within the sector that fell today was Colgate-Palmolive Company ( CL), up 0.9%.

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

5. Toyota Motor ( TM) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector higher today. As of noon trading, Toyota Motor is up $1.81 (1.4%) to $129.26 on light volume. Thus far, 114,809 shares of Toyota Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 585,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $128.39-$129.61 after having opened the day at $128.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $127.45.

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 $204.7 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are up 36.7% 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, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Toyota Motor Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Delphi Automotive ( DLPH) is up $1.02 (1.9%) to $55.22 on light volume. Thus far, 682,667 shares of Delphi Automotive exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $53.84-$55.51 after having opened the day at $53.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.20.

Delphi Automotive PLC, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures vehicle components; and provides electrical and electronic, powertrain, safety, and thermal technology solutions for the automotive and commercial vehicle markets worldwide. Delphi Automotive has a market cap of $17.2 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are up 41.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Delphi Automotive a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Delphi Automotive as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. Get the full Delphi Automotive Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters ( GMCR) is up $2.37 (3.2%) to $76.30 on average volume. Thus far, 2.3 million shares of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $74.23-$76.77 after having opened the day at $74.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $73.93.

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. engages in the specialty coffee and coffeemaker businesses in the United States and Canada. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters has a market cap of $11.6 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are up 86.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Green Mountain Coffee Roasters a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Green Mountain Coffee Roasters as a buy. 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Tesla Motors ( TSLA) is up $2.83 (2.0%) to $142.50 on average volume. Thus far, 4.7 million shares of Tesla Motors exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $140.97-$143.91 after having opened the day at $141.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $139.67.

Tesla Motors, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, and sells electric vehicles and electric vehicle powertrain components. Tesla Motors has a market cap of $16.9 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are up 311.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Tesla Motors a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Tesla Motors as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins. Get the full Tesla Motors Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Apple ( AAPL) is up $2.75 (0.6%) to $500.66 on average volume. Thus far, 6.8 million shares of Apple exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $498.86-$502.94 after having opened the day at $500.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $497.91.

Apple Inc., together with subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and markets personal computers, mobile communication devices, and portable digital music and video players, as well as sells various related software, services, peripherals, and networking solutions. Apple has a market cap of $452.9 billion and is part of the consumer durables industry. Shares are down 6.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 29 analysts that rate Apple a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Apple as a buy. 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, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Apple 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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