5 Stocks Dragging In The Consumer Goods Sector

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 39 points (-0.2%) at 16,431 as of Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,317 issues advancing vs. 1,618 declining with 151 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Select Comfort Corporation ( SCSS), down 18.4%, and Tempur Sealy International ( TPX), down 5.7%.

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

5. Ecolab ( ECL) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector lower today. As of noon trading, Ecolab is down $2.07 (-2.0%) to $101.85 on average volume. Thus far, 637,706 shares of Ecolab exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 936,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $101.22-$102.68 after having opened the day at $101.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $103.92.

Ecolab Inc. develops and markets programs, products, and services for hospitality, foodservice, healthcare, industrial, and energy markets worldwide. It operates through four segments: Global Industrial, Global Institutional, Global Energy, and Other. Ecolab has a market cap of $31.3 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 34.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Ecolab a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ecolab as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. 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 Ecolab Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Altria Group ( MO) is down $0.28 (-0.7%) to $37.44 on average volume. Thus far, 4.6 million shares of Altria Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.19-$37.82 after having opened the day at $37.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.72.

Altria Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of cigarettes, smokeless products, and wine in the United States and internationally. Altria Group has a market cap of $75.8 billion and is part of the tobacco industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Altria Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Altria Group 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth 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 Altria Group Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Philip Morris International ( PM) is down $0.70 (-0.8%) to $84.83 on average volume. Thus far, 2.2 million shares of Philip Morris International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $84.55-$85.57 after having opened the day at $85.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $85.53.

Philip Morris International Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells cigarettes and other tobacco products. Philip Morris International has a market cap of $137.8 billion and is part of the tobacco industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Philip Morris International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Philip Morris International as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year. Get the full Philip Morris International Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Coca-Cola ( KO) is down $0.22 (-0.5%) to $40.24 on light volume. Thus far, 4.0 million shares of Coca-Cola exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.19-$40.59 after having opened the day at $40.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.46.

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 $179.6 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 down 2.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 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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1. As of noon trading, Tesla Motors ( TSLA) is down $3.45 (-2.3%) to $146.11 on light volume. Thus far, 2.9 million shares of Tesla Motors exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $145.24-$150.40 after having opened the day at $150.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $149.56.

Tesla Motors, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, and sells electric vehicles and electric vehicle powertrain components. Tesla Motors has a market cap of $18.4 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are down 0.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Tesla Motors a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Tesla Motors as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk and poor profit margins. Get the full Tesla 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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