5 Stocks Driving The Consumer Goods Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 12 points (0.1%) at 14,943 as of Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,432 issues advancing vs. 1,453 declining with 120 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%.

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

5. Honda Motor ( HMC) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector higher today. As of noon trading, Honda Motor is up $0.63 (1.7%) to $37.71 on heavy volume. Thus far, 478,382 shares of Honda Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 409,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.48-$37.84 after having opened the day at $37.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.08.

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 $65.8 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are up 0.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 and increase in stock price during the past year. 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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4. As of noon trading, Delphi Automotive ( DLPH) is up $1.38 (2.4%) to $58.06 on average volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Delphi Automotive exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $56.71-$58.26 after having opened the day at $56.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.68.

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 $17.4 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are up 48.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and revenue growth. 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, Philip Morris International ( PM) is up $0.44 (0.5%) to $84.29 on average volume. Thus far, 2.1 million shares of Philip Morris International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $83.69-$84.75 after having opened the day at $83.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $83.85.

Philip Morris International Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells cigarettes and other tobacco products. Philip Morris International has a market cap of $135.0 billion and is part of the tobacco industry. Shares are up 0.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Philip Morris International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Philip Morris International as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its expanding profit margins over time. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Philip Morris International Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, General Motors ( GM) is up $0.56 (1.6%) to $36.41 on heavy volume. Thus far, 10.5 million shares of General Motors exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.87-$36.79 after having opened the day at $36.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.85.

General Motors Company (GM) designs, manufactures, and markets cars, crossovers, trucks, and automobile parts worldwide. General Motors has a market cap of $47.3 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are up 24.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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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1. As of noon trading, Ford Motor ( F) is up $0.31 (1.8%) to $17.22 on heavy volume. Thus far, 32.7 million shares of Ford Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 36.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $17.03-$17.30 after having opened the day at $17.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.91.

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 $63.2 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are up 30.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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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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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