3 Stocks Underperforming Today In The Consumer Goods Sector

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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 3 points (0.0%) at 16,578 as of Thursday, May 1, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,778 issues advancing vs. 1,187 declining with 180 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Bunge ( BG), down 5.2%, Kellogg ( K), down 1.7%, International Paper ( IP), down 1.3%, Reynolds American ( RAI), down 1.1% and General Mills ( GIS), down 0.8%. A company within the sector that increased today was Icahn ( IEP), up 2.1%.

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

3. Ford Motor ( F) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector lower today. As of noon trading, Ford Motor is down $0.10 (-0.6%) to $16.05 on average volume. Thus far, 16.5 million shares of Ford Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 32.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $15.85-$16.20 after having opened the day at $16.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.15.

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 $62.6 billion and is part of the automotive industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Ford Motor a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 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, PepsiCo ( PEP) is down $0.65 (-0.8%) to $85.24 on light volume. Thus far, 1.8 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 $84.94-$86.13 after having opened the day at $86.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $85.89.

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 $130.0 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 increase in net income. 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, Coca-Cola ( KO) is down $0.40 (-1.0%) to $40.39 on average volume. Thus far, 7.3 million shares of Coca-Cola exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 18.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.26-$40.80 after having opened the day at $40.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.79.

The Coca-Cola Company, a beverage company, manufactures, markets, and sells nonalcoholic beverages worldwide. The company primarily offers sparkling beverages and still beverages. Coca-Cola has a market cap of $178.3 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Coca-Cola a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Coca-Cola as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins, reasonable valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Coca-Cola 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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