4 Stocks Underperforming Today In The Consumer Goods Sector

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 125 points (-0.8%) at 16,333 as of Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,733 issues advancing vs. 1,234 declining with 157 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%.

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

4. Canon ( CAJ) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector lower today. As of noon trading, Canon is down $0.49 (-1.6%) to $30.73 on average volume. Thus far, 207,540 shares of Canon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 409,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.67-$31.02 after having opened the day at $31.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.22.

Canon Inc. engages in the manufacture and sale of office multifunction devices (MFDs), plain paper copying machines, laser printers, inkjet printers, cameras, and lithography equipment worldwide. Canon has a market cap of $36.0 billion and is part of the consumer durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Canon a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Canon 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, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Canon Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, LKQ Corporation ( LKQ) is down $1.82 (-6.5%) to $26.12 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.6 million shares of LKQ Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $26.06-$28.38 after having opened the day at $28.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.93.

LKQ Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides replacement parts, components, and systems needed to repair vehicles, primarily cars and trucks in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Mexico, and Central America. LKQ Corporation has a market cap of $8.4 billion and is part of the automotive industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 28.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 15.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate LKQ Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates LKQ Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, 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 somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full LKQ Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Mondelez International ( MDLZ) is down $1.04 (-3.0%) to $34.21 on heavy volume. Thus far, 14.6 million shares of Mondelez International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.96-$34.90 after having opened the day at $34.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.25.

Mondelez International, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets snack food and beverage products worldwide. Mondelez International has a market cap of $61.8 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Mondelez International a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

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

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1. As of noon trading, Ford Motor ( F) is down $0.10 (-0.6%) to $16.42 on light volume. Thus far, 13.2 million shares of Ford Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 42.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.37-$16.68 after having opened the day at $16.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.52.

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 $64.0 billion and is part of the automotive industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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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If you are interested in one of these 3 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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