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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4. As of noon trading, General Motors ( GM) is up $0.34 (1.0%) to $34.03 on light volume. Thus far, 4.3 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 $33.50-$34.07 after having opened the day at $33.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.69.

General Motors Company (GM) designs, manufactures, and markets cars, crossovers, trucks, and automobile parts worldwide. General Motors has a market cap of $48.3 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are up 16.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 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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3. As of noon trading, Coca-Cola ( KO) is up $0.28 (0.7%) to $38.43 on heavy volume. Thus far, 10.5 million shares of Coca-Cola exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.05-$38.53 after having opened the day at $38.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.15.

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 $169.0 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are up 5.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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 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 $0.25 (1.6%) to $16.13 on average volume. Thus far, 23.1 million shares of Ford Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 37.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $15.71-$16.14 after having opened the day at $15.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.88.

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 $63.5 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are up 26.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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, Apple ( AAPL) is up $4.36 (0.9%) to $492.95 on average volume. Thus far, 6.4 million shares of Apple exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $486.00-$493.83 after having opened the day at $486.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $488.59.

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 $456.9 billion and is part of the consumer durables industry. Shares are down 8.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 28 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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