4 Stocks Boosting The Consumer Goods Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 27 points (-0.2%) at 15,858 as of Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 997 issues advancing vs. 1,953 declining with 153 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.5%. A company within the sector that fell today was General Mills ( GIS), up 1.1%.

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

4. Gentex Corporation ( GNTX) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector higher today. As of noon trading, Gentex Corporation is up $1.32 (4.1%) to $33.61 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Gentex Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.42-$34.15 after having opened the day at $32.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.28.

Gentex Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, and markets electro-optical products for the automotive, commercial building, and aircraft industries primarily in the United States, Germany, and Japan. Gentex Corporation has a market cap of $4.4 billion and is part of the automotive industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 62.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Gentex Corporation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Gentex Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Gentex Corporation Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Campbell Soup ( CPB) is up $0.78 (1.9%) to $41.74 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Campbell Soup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.05-$41.95 after having opened the day at $41.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.97.

Campbell Soup Company, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets branded convenience food products. It operates through U.S. Simple Meals; Global Baking and Snacking; International Simple Meals and Beverages; U.S. Beverages; and Bolthouse and Foodservice segments. Campbell Soup has a market cap of $12.8 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Campbell Soup a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Campbell Soup as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, notable return on equity 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 Campbell Soup Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Johnson Controls ( JCI) is up $0.34 (0.7%) to $51.29 on light volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Johnson Controls exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $51.07-$51.65 after having opened the day at $51.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.95.

Johnson Controls, Inc. is engaged in building efficiency, automotive experience, and power solutions businesses worldwide. Johnson Controls has a market cap of $33.9 billion and is part of the automotive industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 63.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 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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1. As of noon trading, Nike ( NKE) is up $0.38 (0.5%) to $76.82 on average volume. Thus far, 2.6 million shares of Nike exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $76.40-$77.18 after having opened the day at $76.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $76.44.

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 $54.4 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 48.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth 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 Nike 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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