Today's Stocks Driving Success For The Consumer Goods Sector

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 10 points (-0.1%) at 16,415 as of Thursday, April 17, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,581 issues advancing vs. 1,369 declining with 186 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. A company within the sector that fell today was Royal Philips ( PHG), up 1.8%.

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

3. Nike ( NKE) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector higher today. As of noon trading, Nike is up $0.80 (1.1%) to $73.90 on average volume. Thus far, 2.5 million shares of Nike exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $73.28-$74.43 after having opened the day at $73.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $73.10.

NIKE, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the design, development, marketing, and sale of athletic footwear, apparel, equipment, and accessories, as well as in the provision of services to men, women, and kids worldwide. Nike has a market cap of $50.6 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are down 7.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 12 analysts who rate Nike a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nike 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, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Nike Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, PepsiCo ( PEP) is up $0.48 (0.6%) to $85.25 on heavy volume. Thus far, 5.2 million shares of PepsiCo exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $84.49-$85.94 after having opened the day at $85.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $84.77.

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 $129.0 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are up 2.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate PepsiCo a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 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, Apple ( AAPL) is up $5.28 (1.0%) to $524.29 on average volume. Thus far, 5.2 million shares of Apple exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $519.20-$524.45 after having opened the day at $520.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $519.01.

Apple Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiaries design, manufacture, and market mobile communication and media devices, personal computers, and portable digital music players worldwide. Apple has a market cap of $462.0 billion and is part of the consumer durables industry. Shares are down 7.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 28 analysts who rate Apple a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Apple 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, solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Apple 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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