HMC, TM And SNE, Pushing Consumer Goods Sector Downward

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 49 points (0.3%) at 16,344 as of Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,931 issues advancing vs. 985 declining with 162 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the sector lower today:

3. Honda Motor ( HMC) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector lower today. As of noon trading, Honda Motor is down $0.62 (-1.5%) to $41.00 on light volume. Thus far, 69,075 shares of Honda Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 271,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.96-$41.25 after having opened the day at $41.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.62.

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. engages in the manufacture and sale of motorcycles, automobiles, and power products. It operates through four segments: Motorcycle Business, Automobile Business, Financial Services Business, and Power Product and Other Businesses. Honda Motor has a market cap of $74.4 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are up 12.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Honda Motor a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Honda Motor as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full Honda Motor Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Toyota Motor ( TM) is down $0.82 (-0.7%) to $118.45 on average volume. Thus far, 175,166 shares of Toyota Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 377,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $118.25-$118.58 after having opened the day at $118.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $119.27.

Toyota Motor Corporation engages in the design, manufacture, assembly, and sale of passenger cars, minivans, commercial vehicles, and related parts and accessories primarily in Japan, North America, Europe, and Asia. It operates through Automotive, Financial Services, and All Other segments. Toyota Motor has a market cap of $188.2 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are up 27.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Toyota Motor a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Toyota Motor 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, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Toyota Motor Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Sony Corporation ( SNE) is down $0.30 (-1.7%) to $17.46 on light volume. Thus far, 626,300 shares of Sony Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $17.42-$17.50 after having opened the day at $17.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.76.

Sony Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, and sells electronic equipment, instruments, and devices for consumer, professional, and industrial markets worldwide. Sony Corporation has a market cap of $18.2 billion and is part of the consumer durables industry. Shares are up 56.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Sony Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sony Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. Get the full Sony Corporation 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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