3 Stocks Pushing The Consumer Goods Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 30 points (0.2%) at 15,994 as of Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,823 issues advancing vs. 1,044 declining with 196 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits up 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the sector include Apple ( AAPL), up 1.1%, and Altria Group ( MO), up 0.6%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the sector higher today:

3. Mondelez International ( MDLZ) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector higher today. As of noon trading, Mondelez International is up $0.73 (2.2%) to $33.94 on average volume. Thus far, 5.9 million shares of Mondelez International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.78-$33.96 after having opened the day at $32.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.21.

Mondelez International, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets snack food and beverage products worldwide. Mondelez International has a market cap of $58.4 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are down 5.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Mondelez International a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 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, increase in stock price during the past year 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, Coca-Cola ( KO) is up $0.22 (0.6%) to $38.73 on light volume. Thus far, 4.0 million shares of Coca-Cola exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.13-$38.74 after having opened the day at $38.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.51.

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 $170.6 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are down 6.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts who 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 net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Coca-Cola Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Tesla Motors ( TSLA) is up $5.18 (2.6%) to $200.50 on average volume. Thus far, 4.3 million shares of Tesla Motors exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $193.25-$202.40 after having opened the day at $193.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $195.32.

Tesla Motors, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, and sells electric vehicles and electric vehicle powertrain components. Tesla Motors has a market cap of $24.1 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are up 29.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts who 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 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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