5 Stocks Dragging The Consumer Goods Sector Downward

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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 5 stocks pushing the sector lower today:

5. Kraft Foods Group ( KRFT) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector lower today. As of noon trading, Kraft Foods Group is down $0.49 (-0.9%) to $52.35 on light volume. Thus far, 829,063 shares of Kraft Foods Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $52.30-$52.75 after having opened the day at $52.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.84.

Kraft Foods Group, Inc. operates as a consumer packaged food and beverage company in North America. Kraft Foods Group has a market cap of $31.3 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 15.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Kraft Foods Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kraft Foods Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins. Get the full Kraft Foods Group Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Kimberly-Clark Corporation ( KMB) is down $1.23 (-1.2%) to $102.80 on light volume. Thus far, 606,538 shares of Kimberly-Clark Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $102.66-$103.99 after having opened the day at $103.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $104.03.

Kimberly-Clark Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets personal care, consumer tissue, and health care products worldwide. The company operates in four segments: Personal Care, Consumer Tissue, K-C Professional, and Health Care. Kimberly-Clark Corporation has a market cap of $39.7 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 23.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Kimberly-Clark Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kimberly-Clark Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. 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 Kimberly-Clark Corporation Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Colgate-Palmolive Company ( CL) is down $0.71 (-1.1%) to $63.33 on light volume. Thus far, 791,749 shares of Colgate-Palmolive Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $63.32-$64.08 after having opened the day at $64.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.04.

Colgate-Palmolive Company, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets consumer products worldwide. The company operates in two segments: Oral, Personal and Home Care; and Pet Nutrition. Colgate-Palmolive Company has a market cap of $59.2 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 22.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Colgate-Palmolive Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

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

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2. As of noon trading, PepsiCo ( PEP) is down $0.50 (-0.6%) to $80.50 on average volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of PepsiCo exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $80.35-$81.25 after having opened the day at $81.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $81.00.

PepsiCo, Inc. operates as a food and beverage company worldwide. PepsiCo has a market cap of $124.1 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 18.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate PepsiCo a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PepsiCo as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, growth in earnings per share and reasonable valuation levels. 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 PepsiCo Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Coca-Cola ( KO) is down $0.35 (-0.9%) to $38.92 on light volume. Thus far, 5.4 million shares of Coca-Cola exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 15.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.87-$39.25 after having opened the day at $39.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.27.

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 $173.2 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 8.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 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 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 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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