5 Stocks Dragging The Consumer Goods Sector Downward

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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%. 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 lower today:

5. Lorillard ( LO) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector lower today. As of noon trading, Lorillard is down $2.73 (-5.5%) to $47.22 on heavy volume. Thus far, 5.9 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 $46.61-$49.58 after having opened the day at $49.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.95.

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 $18.2 billion and is part of the tobacco industry. Shares are down 1.4% 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, Colgate-Palmolive Company ( CL) is down $0.44 (-0.7%) to $61.96 on average volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Colgate-Palmolive Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $61.90-$62.74 after having opened the day at $62.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.40.

Colgate-Palmolive Company, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets consumer products worldwide. The company operates in two segments: Oral, Personal and Home Care; and Pet Nutrition. Colgate-Palmolive Company has a market cap of $56.9 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are down 4.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Colgate-Palmolive Company a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Colgate-Palmolive Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year 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 Colgate-Palmolive Company Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Kimberly-Clark Corporation ( KMB) is down $0.76 (-0.7%) to $107.83 on light volume. Thus far, 592,392 shares of Kimberly-Clark Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $107.40-$108.82 after having opened the day at $108.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $108.59.

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 $41.1 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and reasonable valuation levels. 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 Kimberly-Clark Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Altria Group ( MO) is down $0.20 (-0.6%) to $34.94 on average volume. Thus far, 3.8 million shares of Altria Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.84-$35.26 after having opened the day at $35.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.14.

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 $70.4 billion and is part of the tobacco industry. Shares are down 8.5% 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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1. As of noon trading, Philip Morris International ( PM) is down $0.65 (-0.8%) to $78.81 on light volume. Thus far, 1.9 million shares of Philip Morris International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $78.66-$79.66 after having opened the day at $79.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $79.46.

Philip Morris International Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells cigarettes and other tobacco products. Philip Morris International has a market cap of $126.3 billion and is part of the tobacco industry. Shares are down 8.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Philip Morris International a buy, 2 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 good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and deteriorating net income. Get the full Philip Morris International 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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