Today's Stocks Driving Success For The Consumer Goods Sector

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 38 points (0.2%) at 16,236 as of Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,761 issues advancing vs. 1,149 declining with 174 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the sector include Coca-Cola Femsa S.A.B. de C.V ( KOF), up 2.5%, and PepsiCo ( PEP), up 0.6%. A company within the sector that fell today was Green Mountain Coffee Roasters ( GMCR), up 1.6%.

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

3. Altria Group ( MO) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector higher today. As of noon trading, Altria Group is up $0.37 (1.1%) to $35.81 on light volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Altria Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.48-$35.90 after having opened the day at $35.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.44.

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 $71.1 billion and is part of the tobacco industry. Shares are down 7.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts who 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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