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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