3 Stocks Driving The Consumer Goods Sector Higher

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 78 points (0.5%) at 16,105 as of Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,755 issues advancing vs. 1,149 declining with 181 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. Top gainers within the sector include Philip Morris International ( PM), up 1.2%, Kimberly-Clark Corporation ( KMB), up 0.9%, Canon ( CAJ), up 0.9%, Altria Group ( MO), up 0.7% and Ford Motor ( F), up 0.7%. A company within the sector that fell today was PepsiCo ( PEP), up 0.9%.

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

3. Campbell Soup ( CPB) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector higher today. As of noon trading, Campbell Soup is up $1.55 (3.8%) to $42.52 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.8 million shares of Campbell Soup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $42.00-$43.75 after having opened the day at $42.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.97.

Campbell Soup Company, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets branded convenience food products. It operates through U.S. Simple Meals; Global Baking and Snacking; International Simple Meals and Beverages; U.S. Beverages; and Bolthouse and Foodservice segments. Campbell Soup has a market cap of $12.9 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are down 5.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Campbell Soup a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Campbell Soup as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, notable return on equity and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Campbell Soup Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Procter & Gamble ( PG) is up $1.25 (1.6%) to $79.05 on average volume. Thus far, 4.5 million shares of Procter & Gamble exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $77.25-$79.27 after having opened the day at $77.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.80.

The Procter & Gamble Company, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells branded consumer packaged goods. The company operates through five segments: Beauty, Grooming, Health Care, Fabric Care and Home Care, and Baby Care and Family Care. Procter & Gamble has a market cap of $210.1 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are down 4.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate Procter & Gamble a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Procter & Gamble as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Procter & Gamble Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, General Motors ( GM) is up $0.52 (1.5%) to $35.72 on light volume. Thus far, 6.6 million shares of General Motors exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 26.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.25-$35.79 after having opened the day at $35.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.20.

General Motors Company (GM) designs, manufactures, and markets cars, crossovers, trucks, and automobile parts worldwide. General Motors has a market cap of $56.5 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are down 13.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate General Motors a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates General Motors as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, 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 has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full General 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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