3 Stocks Dragging The Consumer Goods Sector Downward

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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%. 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 lower today:

3. LKQ Corporation ( LKQ) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector lower today. As of noon trading, LKQ Corporation is down $2.01 (-6.9%) to $27.06 on heavy volume. Thus far, 4.3 million shares of LKQ Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $26.25-$28.61 after having opened the day at $27.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.07.

LKQ Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides replacement parts, components, and systems needed to repair vehicles, primarily cars and trucks in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Mexico, and Central America. LKQ Corporation has a market cap of $8.7 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are down 11.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate LKQ Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates LKQ Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full LKQ Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, VF Corporation ( VFC) is down $1.03 (-1.7%) to $58.80 on average volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of VF Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $58.51-$59.42 after having opened the day at $58.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.83.

V.F. Corporation designs and manufactures, or sources from independent contractors various apparel and footwear products primarily in the United States and Europe. VF Corporation has a market cap of $26.0 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are down 4.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate VF Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates VF Corporation 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, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full VF Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Tesla Motors ( TSLA) is down $2.31 (-0.9%) to $250.69 on heavy volume. Thus far, 10.2 million shares of Tesla Motors exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $248.76-$261.90 after having opened the day at $261.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $253.00.

Tesla Motors, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, and sells electric vehicles and electric vehicle powertrain components. Tesla Motors has a market cap of $30.4 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are up 68.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Tesla Motors a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Tesla Motors as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. 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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