5 Consumer Goods Stocks Nudging The Sector Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 56 points (-0.3%) at 15,939 as of Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,598 issues advancing vs. 1,323 declining with 154 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Packaging Corporation of America ( PKG), up 9.0%, and Honda Motor ( HMC), up 1.4%. A company within the sector that fell today was VF Corporation ( VFC), up 1.3%.

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

5. Dr Pepper Snapple Group ( DPS) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector higher today. As of noon trading, Dr Pepper Snapple Group is up $1.16 (2.4%) to $50.06 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.4 million shares of Dr Pepper Snapple Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $49.31-$51.03 after having opened the day at $49.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.90.

Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. operates as a brand owner, manufacturer, and distributor of non-alcoholic beverages in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Dr Pepper Snapple Group has a market cap of $9.8 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are up 0.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Dr Pepper Snapple Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dr Pepper Snapple Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels, growth in earnings per share and good cash flow from operations. 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 Dr Pepper Snapple Group Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Delphi Automotive ( DLPH) is up $1.14 (1.8%) to $64.11 on average volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Delphi Automotive exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $63.33-$64.20 after having opened the day at $63.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.97.

Delphi Automotive PLC, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures vehicle components; and provides electrical and electronic, powertrain, safety, and thermal technology solutions for the automotive and commercial vehicle markets worldwide. Delphi Automotive has a market cap of $19.3 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are up 4.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate Delphi Automotive a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

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

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3. As of noon trading, Fossil Group ( FOSL) is up $6.44 (5.5%) to $123.40 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Fossil Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 955,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $122.00-$125.00 after having opened the day at $122.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $116.96.

Fossil Group, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the design, development, marketing, and distribution of consumer fashion accessories worldwide. It operates in four segments: North America Wholesale, Europe Wholesale, Asia Pacific Wholesale, and Direct to Consumer. Fossil Group has a market cap of $6.3 billion and is part of the consumer durables industry. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Fossil Group a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fossil Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Fossil Group Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Johnson Controls ( JCI) is up $0.96 (2.0%) to $48.22 on average volume. Thus far, 2.4 million shares of Johnson Controls exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $47.45-$48.40 after having opened the day at $47.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.26.

Johnson Controls, Inc. is engaged in building efficiency, automotive experience, and power solutions businesses worldwide. Johnson Controls has a market cap of $30.8 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are down 7.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts who 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Johnson Controls Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Ford Motor ( F) is up $0.09 (0.6%) to $15.05 on light volume. Thus far, 14.8 million shares of Ford Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 45.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $14.99-$15.12 after having opened the day at $15.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.96.

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 $57.5 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are down 3.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Ford Motor a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. 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 Ford Motor 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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