Today's Top Performers In Consumer Goods

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 22 points (-0.1%) at 16,065 as of Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,030 issues advancing vs. 1,883 declining with 116 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. A company within the sector that increased today was Sony Corporation ( SNE), up 1.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include BRF ( BRFS), down 2.0%, Coca-Cola Femsa S.A.B. de C.V ( KOF), down 2.0% and Canon ( CAJ), down 1.0%.

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

5. Icahn ( IEP) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector higher today. As of noon trading, Icahn is up $1.91 (1.6%) to $122.98 on average volume. Thus far, 72,358 shares of Icahn exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 170,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $121.08-$123.69 after having opened the day at $122.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $121.07.

Icahn Enterprises L.P. engages in the investment, automotive, gaming, railcar, food packaging, metals, real estate, and home fashion businesses in the United States and internationally. Its Investment segment provides investment advisory, and administrative and back office services. Icahn has a market cap of $13.5 billion and is part of the conglomerates industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 164.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Icahn a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Icahn as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and compelling growth 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 Icahn Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, VF Corporation ( VFC) is up $2.96 (1.3%) to $237.54 on light volume. Thus far, 198,698 shares of VF Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 573,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $234.71-$237.60 after having opened the day at $236.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $234.58.

V.F. Corporation designs and manufactures, or sources from independent contractors various apparel and footwear products primarily in the United States and Europe. VF Corporation has a market cap of $25.9 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 55.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate VF Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates VF Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels 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 VF Corporation Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Nike ( NKE) is up $0.76 (1.0%) to $79.90 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Nike exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $79.39-$80.14 after having opened the day at $79.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $79.14.

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 $56.5 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 53.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Nike a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 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, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. 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 Nike Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Ford Motor ( F) is up $0.12 (0.7%) to $17.20 on light volume. Thus far, 11.4 million shares of Ford Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 36.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $17.08-$17.20 after having opened the day at $17.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.08.

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 $66.0 billion and is part of the automotive industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 31.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Ford Motor a buy, 1 analyst rates 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 and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Ford Motor Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, General Motors ( GM) is up $0.47 (1.2%) to $39.20 on average volume. Thus far, 8.1 million shares of General Motors exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 19.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.91-$39.39 after having opened the day at $39.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.73.

General Motors Company (GM) designs, manufactures, and markets cars, crossovers, trucks, and automobile parts worldwide. General Motors has a market cap of $54.0 billion and is part of the automotive industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 34.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. 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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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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