HMC, MDLZ And TSLA, 3 Consumer Goods Stocks Pushing The Sector Lower

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 117 points (-0.7%) at 16,295 as of Monday, April 7, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 843 issues advancing vs. 2,136 declining with 146 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits down 0.9% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.8%. A company within the sector that fell today was Delphi Automotive ( DLPH), up 2.5%. Top gainers within the sector include Kellogg Company ( K), up 1.9%, General Mills ( GIS), up 1.8% and Kimberly-Clark Corporation ( KMB), up 1.1%.

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

3. Honda Motor ( HMC) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector lower today. As of noon trading, Honda Motor is down $0.66 (-1.9%) to $34.58 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Honda Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 588,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.52-$34.86 after having opened the day at $34.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.24.

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. engages in the manufacture and sale of motorcycles, automobiles, and power products. It operates through four segments: Motorcycle Business, Automobile Business, Financial Services Business, and Power Product and Other Businesses. Honda Motor has a market cap of $64.1 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are down 14.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Honda Motor a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Honda Motor as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Honda Motor Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Mondelez International ( MDLZ) is down $0.30 (-0.9%) to $34.24 on average volume. Thus far, 5.8 million shares of Mondelez International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.13-$34.59 after having opened the day at $34.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.54.

Mondelez International, Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets snack food and beverage products worldwide. Mondelez International has a market cap of $59.1 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are down 2.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Mondelez International a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mondelez International as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Mondelez International Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Tesla Motors ( TSLA) is down $4.48 (-2.1%) to $207.74 on average volume. Thus far, 5.9 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 $205.00-$216.20 after having opened the day at $205.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $212.22.

Tesla Motors, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, and sells electric vehicles and electric vehicle powertrain components. Tesla Motors has a market cap of $27.8 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are up 41.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Tesla Motors a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 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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