4 Stocks Pushing 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 92 points (0.6%) at 15,993 as of Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,118 issues advancing vs. 784 declining with 108 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits up 0.8% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.6%. Top gainers within the sector include General Motors ( GM), up 2.6%, Honda Motor ( HMC), up 2.6% and Ford Motor ( F), up 0.9%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the sector higher today:

4. Nu Skin ( NUS) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector higher today. As of noon trading, Nu Skin is up $7.03 (6.1%) to $121.77 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Nu Skin exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $117.17-$121.99 after having opened the day at $119.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $114.74.

Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. develops and distributes anti-aging personal care products and nutritional supplements under the Nu Skin and Pharmanex brands worldwide. Nu Skin has a market cap of $6.8 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 210.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Nu Skin a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nu Skin as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Nu Skin Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Johnson Controls ( JCI) is up $2.65 (5.5%) to $50.87 on heavy volume. Thus far, 6.8 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 $50.25-$51.90 after having opened the day at $50.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.22.

Johnson Controls, Inc. engages in building efficiency, automotive experience, and power solutions businesses worldwide. Johnson Controls has a market cap of $33.1 billion and is part of the automotive industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 28.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 57.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Johnson Controls a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 11 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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2. As of noon trading, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters ( GMCR) is up $10.55 (17.1%) to $72.38 on heavy volume. Thus far, 12.4 million shares of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $66.80-$73.57 after having opened the day at $66.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.83.

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. engages in the specialty coffee and coffeemaker businesses in the United States and Canada. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters has a market cap of $9.3 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 48.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Green Mountain Coffee Roasters a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Green Mountain Coffee Roasters 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Coca-Cola ( KO) is up $0.21 (0.5%) to $40.27 on light volume. Thus far, 4.7 million shares of Coca-Cola exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.10-$40.40 after having opened the day at $40.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.06.

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 $177.3 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Coca-Cola a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 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 growth in earnings per share, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. 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 Coca-Cola Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 4 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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