3 Stocks Dragging The Consumer Goods Sector Downward

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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 54 points (0.3%) at 16,185 as of Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,812 issues advancing vs. 1,117 declining with 162 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. A company within the sector that fell today was Coca-Cola Femsa S.A.B. de C.V ( KOF), up 2.2%.

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

3. PepsiCo ( PEP) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector lower today. As of noon trading, PepsiCo is down $0.58 (-0.7%) to $77.60 on average volume. Thus far, 2.7 million shares of PepsiCo exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $77.47-$78.43 after having opened the day at $78.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $78.18.

PepsiCo, Inc. operates as a food and beverage company worldwide. PepsiCo has a market cap of $119.8 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are down 5.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate PepsiCo a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PepsiCo as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and increase in net income. 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 PepsiCo Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Coca-Cola ( KO) is down $0.20 (-0.5%) to $37.27 on average volume. Thus far, 11.0 million shares of Coca-Cola exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.26-$37.60 after having opened the day at $37.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.47.

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 $171.9 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are down 9.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that 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 generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Coca-Cola Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Tesla Motors ( TSLA) is down $9.57 (-4.7%) to $194.13 on average volume. Thus far, 5.5 million shares of Tesla Motors exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $194.13-$203.70 after having opened the day at $203.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $203.70.

Tesla Motors, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, and sells electric vehicles and electric vehicle powertrain components. Tesla Motors has a market cap of $24.3 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are up 31.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that 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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