3 Stocks Pushing The Consumer Goods Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 59 points (-0.4%) at 16,657 as of Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,380 issues advancing vs. 1,556 declining with 176 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits down 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. Top gainers within the sector include Avon Products ( AVP), up 2.6%, BRF ( BRFS), up 0.9% and Coca-Cola Femsa SAB de CV ( KOF), up 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Sony ( SNE), down 7.1%, LKQ ( LKQ), down 1.9%, PACCAR ( PCAR), down 1.7%, Keurig Green Mountain ( GMCR), down 1.6% and Archer-Daniels Midland ( ADM), down 0.6%.

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

3. Ecolab ( ECL) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector higher today. As of noon trading, Ecolab is up $0.96 (0.9%) to $106.66 on light volume. Thus far, 357,363 shares of Ecolab exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $105.47-$106.69 after having opened the day at $105.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $105.70.

Ecolab Inc. provides water, hygiene, and energy technologies and services for customers worldwide. The company operates in four segments: Global Industrial, Global Institutional, Global Energy, and Other. Ecolab has a market cap of $31.7 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are up 1.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate Ecolab a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ecolab as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Ecolab Ratings Report now.

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