LO, MO, PM, F And TSLA, 5 Consumer Goods Stocks Pushing The Sector Lower

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 4 points (0.0%) at 15,449 as of Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 771 issues advancing vs. 2,156 declining with 142 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits down 0.9% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Hain Celestial Group ( HAIN), down 9.8%, Estee Lauder Cos ( EL), down 5.1%, Icahn ( IEP), down 3.6%, Sony Corporation ( SNE), down 2.3% and Royal Philips ( PHG), down 2.0%. A company within the sector that increased today was Apple ( AAPL), up 0.5%.

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

5. Lorillard ( LO) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector lower today. As of noon trading, Lorillard is down $1.31 (-2.7%) to $47.59 on average volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Lorillard exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $47.46-$48.60 after having opened the day at $48.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.90.

Lorillard, Inc. manufactures and sells cigarettes in the United States. The company operates through two segments, Cigarettes and Electronic Cigarettes. The Cigarettes segment manufactures and sells cigarettes. Lorillard has a market cap of $17.7 billion and is part of the tobacco industry. Shares are down 3.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Lorillard a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lorillard as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Lorillard Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Altria Group ( MO) is down $0.51 (-1.5%) to $33.92 on average volume. Thus far, 6.2 million shares of Altria Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.80-$34.33 after having opened the day at $34.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.43.

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 $68.2 billion and is part of the tobacco industry. Shares are down 10.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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 expanding profit margins 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 Altria Group Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Philip Morris International ( PM) is down $0.74 (-1.0%) to $76.14 on average volume. Thus far, 2.4 million shares of Philip Morris International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $76.07-$76.97 after having opened the day at $76.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $76.88.

Philip Morris International Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells cigarettes and other tobacco products. Philip Morris International has a market cap of $120.8 billion and is part of the tobacco industry. Shares are down 11.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Philip Morris International a buy, 1 analyst rates 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, Ford Motor ( F) is down $0.24 (-1.6%) to $14.62 on light volume. Thus far, 16.5 million shares of Ford Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 44.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $14.50-$14.93 after having opened the day at $14.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.87.

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 $56.4 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are down 3.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Ford Motor a buy, no analysts rate 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, compelling growth in net income, increase in stock price during the past year and impressive record of earnings per share growth. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Ford Motor Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Tesla Motors ( TSLA) is down $5.19 (-2.9%) to $173.54 on average volume. Thus far, 4.4 million shares of Tesla Motors exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $169.36-$180.59 after having opened the day at $178.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $178.73.

Tesla Motors, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, and sells electric vehicles and electric vehicle powertrain components. Tesla Motors has a market cap of $21.7 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are up 18.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Tesla Motors a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 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 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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