3 Stocks Raising The Consumer Goods Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 72 points (-0.4%) at 16,500 as of Friday, April 4, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,273 issues advancing vs. 1,704 declining with 143 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits down 1.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.5%. A company within the sector that increased today was Coca-Cola ( KO), up 0.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Tesla Motors ( TSLA), down 4.9%, Keurig Green Mountain ( GMCR), down 4.2% and Ford Motor ( F), down 1.3%.

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

3. BRF ( BRFS) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector higher today. As of noon trading, BRF is up $0.59 (2.9%) to $20.82 on light volume. Thus far, 664,342 shares of BRF exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.56-$20.92 after having opened the day at $20.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.23.

BRF S.A., together with its subsidiaries, is engaged in raising, producing, and slaughtering poultry, pork, and beef in Brazil. It operates in four segments: Domestic Market, Foreign Market, Dairy Products, and Food Service. BRF has a market cap of $17.8 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are down 3.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate BRF a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates BRF as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, unimpressive growth in net income and poor profit margins. Get the full BRF Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Lorillard ( LO) is up $1.11 (2.1%) to $53.45 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Lorillard exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $52.84-$53.75 after having opened the day at $52.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.34.

Lorillard, Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells cigarettes in the United States. The company operates through two segments, Cigarettes and Electronic Cigarettes. Lorillard has a market cap of $19.5 billion and is part of the tobacco industry. Shares are up 3.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Lorillard a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lorillard as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Lorillard Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Philip Morris International ( PM) is up $0.58 (0.7%) to $82.86 on light volume. Thus far, 1.9 million shares of Philip Morris International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $82.52-$83.13 after having opened the day at $82.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $82.28.

Philip Morris International Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells cigarettes and other tobacco products. The company's portfolio of brands include Marlboro, Merit, Parliament, Virginia Slims, L&M, Chesterfield, Bond Street, Lark, Muratti, Next, Philip Morris, and Red & White. Philip Morris International has a market cap of $130.3 billion and is part of the tobacco industry. Shares are down 5.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Philip Morris International a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Philip Morris International as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and deteriorating net income. Get the full Philip Morris International 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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