Consumer Goods Stocks On The Rise With Help From 5 Stocks

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 70 points (0.5%) at 14,846 as of Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, 12:45 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,865 issues advancing vs. 1,062 declining with 104 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.6%. Top gainers within the sector include Green Mountain Coffee Roasters ( GMCR), up 4.6%, Delphi Automotive ( DLPH), up 2.1% and Nike ( NKE), up 1.1%.

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

5. PepsiCo ( PEP) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector higher today. As of noon trading, PepsiCo is up $0.53 (0.7%) to $79.59 on average volume. Thus far, 2.1 million shares of PepsiCo exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $78.94-$79.59 after having opened the day at $78.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $79.06.

PepsiCo, Inc. operates as a food and beverage company worldwide. PepsiCo has a market cap of $122.9 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are up 15.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate PepsiCo a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PepsiCo as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year and growth in earnings per share. 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 PepsiCo Ratings Report now.

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