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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4. As of noon trading, Nike ( NKE) is up $0.86 (1.3%) to $66.26 on heavy volume. Thus far, 4.0 million shares of Nike exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $65.96-$66.98 after having opened the day at $66.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $65.40.

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 $46.3 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are up 26.7% 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, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Nike Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Altria Group ( MO) is up $0.36 (1.0%) to $34.95 on average volume. Thus far, 3.6 million shares of Altria Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.59-$34.96 after having opened the day at $34.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.59.

Altria Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of cigarettes, smokeless products, and wine in the United States and internationally. Altria Group has a market cap of $69.0 billion and is part of the tobacco industry. Shares are up 9.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Altria Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Altria Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations 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 Altria Group Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, General Motors ( GM) is up $0.53 (1.5%) to $37.01 on average volume. Thus far, 5.6 million shares of General Motors exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $36.72-$37.27 after having opened the day at $36.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.48.

General Motors Company (GM) designs, manufactures, and markets cars, crossovers, trucks, and automobile parts worldwide. General Motors has a market cap of $50.0 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are up 26.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 $0.21 (1.2%) to $17.52 on average volume. Thus far, 23.8 million shares of Ford Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 38.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $17.37-$17.68 after having opened the day at $17.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.31.

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 $65.8 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are up 31.3% 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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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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