KRFT, KMB And PEP, 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 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%. A company within the sector that fell today was Coca-Cola Femsa S.A.B. de C.V ( KOF), up 0.9%. Top gainers within the sector include Harley-Davidson ( HOG), up 8.0%, Carlisle Companies ( CSL), up 4.5%, Polaris Industries ( PII), up 2.6%, Xerox Corporation ( XRX), up 2.0% and Mead Johnson Nutrition Company ( MJN), up 1.4%.

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

3. Kraft Foods Group ( KRFT) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector lower today. As of noon trading, Kraft Foods Group is down $0.69 (-1.2%) to $56.24 on average volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Kraft Foods Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $56.03-$57.01 after having opened the day at $56.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.93.

Kraft Foods Group, Inc. operates as a consumer packaged food and beverage company in North America and worldwide. It operates through Beverages, Cheese, Refrigerated Meals, Meals & Desserts, Enhancers & Snack Nuts, Canada, and Other Businesses segments. Kraft Foods Group has a market cap of $33.9 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are up 5.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Kraft Foods Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kraft Foods Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, revenue growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Kraft Foods Group Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Kimberly-Clark Corporation ( KMB) is down $2.62 (-2.4%) to $108.32 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.4 million shares of Kimberly-Clark Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $108.02-$111.29 after having opened the day at $111.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $110.94.

Kimberly-Clark Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets personal care, consumer tissue, and health care products worldwide. It operates through four segments: Personal Care, Consumer Tissue, K-C Professional, and Health Care. Kimberly-Clark Corporation has a market cap of $42.6 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are up 6.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Kimberly-Clark Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kimberly-Clark Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. 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 Kimberly-Clark Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, PepsiCo ( PEP) is down $0.56 (-0.7%) to $85.35 on light volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of PepsiCo exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $85.26-$85.83 after having opened the day at $85.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $85.91.

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 $131.4 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are up 3.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts that 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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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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