5 Stocks Improving Performance Of The Consumer Goods Sector

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 58 points (0.4%) at 15,069 as of Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, 1:04 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,347 issues advancing vs. 659 declining with 81 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits up 0.8% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.6%. Top gainers within the sector include PVH ( PVH), up 3.1%, and Colgate-Palmolive Company ( CL), up 0.5%.

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

5. Nike ( NKE) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector higher today. As of noon trading, Nike is up $0.66 (1.0%) to $65.37 on average volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Nike exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $64.31-$65.50 after having opened the day at $64.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.71.

NIKE, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the design, development, marketing, and sale of athletic footwear, apparel, equipment, and accessories, as well as in the provision of services to men, women, and kids worldwide. Nike has a market cap of $45.3 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are up 25.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Nike a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nike 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, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Nike Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters ( GMCR) is up $2.89 (3.6%) to $82.35 on heavy volume. Thus far, 3.2 million shares of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $79.86-$82.80 after having opened the day at $80.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $79.46.

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 $11.5 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are up 84.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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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3. As of noon trading, Coca-Cola ( KO) is up $0.18 (0.5%) to $38.96 on light volume. Thus far, 4.9 million shares of Coca-Cola exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.73-$39.14 after having opened the day at $38.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.78.

The Coca-Cola Company, a beverage company, engages in the manufacture, marketing, and sale of nonalcoholic beverages worldwide. The company primarily offers sparkling beverages and still beverages. Coca-Cola has a market cap of $173.1 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are up 7.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Coca-Cola a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Coca-Cola as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, 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 Coca-Cola Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Ford Motor ( F) is up $0.12 (0.7%) to $16.24 on average volume. Thus far, 22.0 million shares of Ford Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 40.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $15.82-$16.25 after having opened the day at $16.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.12.

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 $63.1 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are up 25.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. 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 Ford Motor Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Tesla Motors ( TSLA) is up $3.24 (2.2%) to $148.14 on light volume. Thus far, 3.8 million shares of Tesla Motors exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $147.00-$149.78 after having opened the day at $148.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $144.90.

Tesla Motors, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, and sells electric vehicles and electric vehicle powertrain components. Tesla Motors has a market cap of $17.2 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are up 319.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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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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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