K, KMB, MDLZ, PM And KO, 5 Consumer Goods Stocks Pushing The Sector Lower

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 91 points (-0.6%) at 15,838 as of Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 929 issues advancing vs. 2,026 declining with 145 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include McCormick & Company ( MKC), down 6.3%, Royal Philips ( PHG), down 2.9%, PepsiCo ( PEP), down 1.9%, Colgate-Palmolive Company ( CL), down 1.8% and Altria Group ( MO), down 1.3%.

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

5. Kellogg Company ( K) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector lower today. As of noon trading, Kellogg Company is down $1.60 (-2.7%) to $58.42 on average volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Kellogg Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $58.38-$59.88 after having opened the day at $59.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $60.03.

Kellogg Company, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets ready-to-eat cereal and convenience food products primarily in North America, Europe, Latin America, and the Asia Pacific. Kellogg Company has a market cap of $21.7 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Kellogg Company a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kellogg Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, expanding profit margins, growth in earnings per share and notable return on equity. 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 Kellogg Company Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Kimberly-Clark Corporation ( KMB) is down $2.01 (-1.9%) to $106.64 on average volume. Thus far, 713,923 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 $106.05-$107.82 after having opened the day at $107.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $108.65.

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 $41.0 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Kimberly-Clark Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 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, Mondelez International ( MDLZ) is down $0.55 (-1.6%) to $33.18 on average volume. Thus far, 4.9 million shares of Mondelez International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.90-$33.50 after having opened the day at $33.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.73.

Mondelez International, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets snack food and beverage products worldwide. Mondelez International has a market cap of $58.9 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 4.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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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2. As of noon trading, Philip Morris International ( PM) is down $1.85 (-2.3%) to $78.96 on heavy volume. Thus far, 4.7 million shares of Philip Morris International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $78.33-$80.47 after having opened the day at $80.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $80.81.

Philip Morris International Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells cigarettes and other tobacco products. Philip Morris International has a market cap of $129.4 billion and is part of the tobacco industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 7.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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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1. As of noon trading, Coca-Cola ( KO) is down $0.64 (-1.7%) to $38.22 on average volume. Thus far, 7.2 million shares of Coca-Cola exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.21-$38.57 after having opened the day at $38.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.87.

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 $171.0 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 5.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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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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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