3 Stocks Pulling 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 60 points (0.4%) at 16,517 as of Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,859 issues advancing vs. 1,154 declining with 141 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.4%. Top gainers within the sector include Whirlpool Corporation ( WHR), up 2.8%, Delphi Automotive ( DLPH), up 2.4%, Harley-Davidson ( HOG), up 2.1%, BorgWarner ( BWA), up 2.0% and Johnson Controls ( JCI), up 1.6%.

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

3. Colgate-Palmolive Company ( CL) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector lower today. As of noon trading, Colgate-Palmolive Company is down $0.74 (-1.1%) to $64.13 on average volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Colgate-Palmolive Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $64.03-$65.10 after having opened the day at $64.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.87.

Colgate-Palmolive Company, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets consumer products worldwide. The company operates in two segments: Oral, Personal and Home Care; and Pet Nutrition. Colgate-Palmolive Company has a market cap of $58.8 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are down 0.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Colgate-Palmolive Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Colgate-Palmolive Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. 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 Colgate-Palmolive Company Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, PepsiCo ( PEP) is down $0.70 (-0.8%) to $82.80 on average volume. Thus far, 2.4 million shares of PepsiCo exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $82.73-$83.27 after having opened the day at $83.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $83.50.

PepsiCo, Inc. operates as a food and beverage company worldwide. Its Frito-Lay North America segment offers Lay's and Ruffles potato chips, Doritos and Tostitos tortilla chips, Cheetos cheese flavored snacks, dips, Fritos corn chips, and Santitas tortilla chips. PepsiCo has a market cap of $127.4 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are up 0.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate PepsiCo a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 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 reasonable valuation levels. 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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1. As of noon trading, Coca-Cola ( KO) is down $0.22 (-0.6%) to $38.44 on average volume. Thus far, 11.5 million shares of Coca-Cola exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 16.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.37-$38.89 after having opened the day at $38.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.66.

The Coca-Cola Company, a beverage company, manufactures, markets, and sells nonalcoholic beverages worldwide. The company primarily offers sparkling beverages and still beverages. Coca-Cola has a market cap of $171.6 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are down 6.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Coca-Cola a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 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 expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, reasonable valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Coca-Cola 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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