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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