Today's Stocks Driving Success For The Consumer Goods Sector

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 105 points (0.6%) at 16,554 as of Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,226 issues advancing vs. 749 declining with 155 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits up 0.9% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.6%. Top gainers within the sector include Harley-Davidson ( HOG), up 8.0%, Carlisle Companies ( CSL), up 4.4%, Polaris Industries ( PII), up 2.7%, Xerox Corporation ( XRX), up 1.8% and Mead Johnson Nutrition Company ( MJN), up 1.4%. A company within the sector that fell today was Coca-Cola Femsa S.A.B. de C.V ( KOF), up 0.8%.

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

3. Ford Motor ( F) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector higher today. As of noon trading, Ford Motor is up $0.14 (0.9%) to $16.12 on light volume. Thus far, 10.1 million shares of Ford Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 35.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $15.93-$16.13 after having opened the day at $15.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.98.

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 $62.1 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are up 3.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Ford Motor a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 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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2. As of noon trading, General Motors ( GM) is up $0.27 (0.8%) to $34.25 on light volume. Thus far, 6.3 million shares of General Motors exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 26.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.00-$34.44 after having opened the day at $34.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.98.

General Motors Company (GM) designs, manufactures, and markets cars, crossovers, trucks, and automobile parts worldwide. General Motors has a market cap of $54.0 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are down 16.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate General Motors a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates General Motors as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, increase in stock price during the past year 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 General Motors Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Tesla Motors ( TSLA) is up $11.50 (5.6%) to $215.88 on average volume. Thus far, 6.0 million shares of Tesla Motors exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $205.01-$217.45 after having opened the day at $206.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $204.38.

Tesla Motors, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, and sells electric vehicles and electric vehicle powertrain components. Tesla Motors has a market cap of $24.4 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are up 35.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts who 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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