LO, PM And F, 3 Consumer Goods Stocks Pushing The Sector Lower

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 76 points (0.5%) at 16,332 as of Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,886 issues advancing vs. 1,057 declining with 161 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Hershey Company ( HSY), down 2.6%, Constellation Brands ( STZ), down 2.3% and Kraft Foods Group ( KRFT), down 1.2%. Top gainers within the sector include Royal Philips ( PHG), up 1.9%, Kellogg Company ( K), up 1.8%, Canon ( CAJ), up 1.1%, Honda Motor ( HMC), up 1.0% and Altria Group ( MO), up 0.5%.

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

3. Lorillard ( LO) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector lower today. As of noon trading, Lorillard is down $1.28 (-2.4%) to $52.41 on average volume. Thus far, 1.9 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 $52.03-$53.59 after having opened the day at $53.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.69.

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 $19.3 billion and is part of the tobacco industry. Shares are up 5.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that 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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2. As of noon trading, Philip Morris International ( PM) is down $0.52 (-0.6%) to $83.30 on light volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of Philip Morris International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $83.27-$84.02 after having opened the day at $83.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $83.82.

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 $131.0 billion and is part of the tobacco industry. Shares are down 3.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that 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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1. As of noon trading, Ford Motor ( F) is down $0.20 (-1.2%) to $15.90 on average volume. Thus far, 14.5 million shares of Ford Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 37.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $15.90-$16.08 after having opened the day at $16.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.10.

Ford Motor Company develops, manufactures, distributes, and services vehicles, parts, and accessories worldwide. The company operates through two sectors, Automotive and Financial Services. The Automotive sector offers vehicles primarily under the Ford and Lincoln brand names. Ford Motor has a market cap of $61.9 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are up 4.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Ford Motor a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ford Motor as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. 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 Ford Motor 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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