4 Consumer Goods Stocks Moving The Sector Upward

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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 53 points (-0.3%) at 16,478 as of Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,242 issues advancing vs. 1,672 declining with 178 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the sector include Tesla Motors ( TSLA), up 1.9%, and General Motors ( GM), up 1.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Coca-Cola Femsa S.A.B. de C.V ( KOF), down 1.4%, Philip Morris International ( PM), down 1.0% and Coca-Cola ( KO), down 0.7%.

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

4. Constellation Brands ( STZ) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector higher today. As of noon trading, Constellation Brands is up $5.90 (8.4%) to $75.83 on heavy volume. Thus far, 4.2 million shares of Constellation Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $74.61-$78.40 after having opened the day at $74.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $69.93.

Constellation Brands, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, produces and markets beverage alcohol. Constellation Brands has a market cap of $11.4 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Constellation Brands a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Constellation Brands as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels, solid stock price performance 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 Constellation Brands Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Johnson Controls ( JCI) is up $0.73 (1.4%) to $51.34 on light volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Johnson Controls exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.57-$51.34 after having opened the day at $50.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.61.

Johnson Controls, Inc. is engaged in building efficiency, automotive experience, and power solutions businesses worldwide. Johnson Controls has a market cap of $34.1 billion and is part of the automotive industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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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2. As of noon trading, Ford Motor ( F) is up $0.24 (1.6%) to $15.62 on average volume. Thus far, 24.4 million shares of Ford Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 40.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $15.51-$15.71 after having opened the day at $15.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.38.

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 $60.4 billion and is part of the automotive industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.0, below 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 Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Ford Motor a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 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, increase in stock price during the past year, 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, Apple ( AAPL) is up $3.60 (0.7%) to $543.64 on average volume. Thus far, 4.5 million shares of Apple exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $538.69-$545.56 after having opened the day at $538.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $540.04.

Apple Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiaries design, manufacture, and market mobile communication and media devices, personal computers, and portable digital music players worldwide. Apple has a market cap of $485.5 billion and is part of the consumer durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 28 analysts that rate Apple a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Apple 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, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Apple 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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