5 Stocks Advancing 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 90 points (0.6%) at 15,153 as of Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,842 issues advancing vs. 1,092 declining with 95 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.5%. Top gainers within the sector include Ecolab ( ECL), up 1.4%, and Honda Motor ( HMC), up 0.6%.

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

5. Johnson Controls ( JCI) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector higher today. As of noon trading, Johnson Controls is up $0.94 (2.3%) to $42.60 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.9 million shares of Johnson Controls exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.96-$42.68 after having opened the day at $42.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.66.

Johnson Controls, Inc. engages in building efficiency, automotive experience, and power solutions businesses worldwide. Johnson Controls has a market cap of $28.1 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are up 33.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Johnson Controls a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Johnson Controls as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Johnson Controls Ratings Report now.

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