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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2. As of noon trading, Johnson Controls ( JCI) is up $0.42 (0.9%) to $45.50 on average volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Johnson Controls exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $44.80-$45.55 after having opened the day at $45.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.08.

Johnson Controls, Inc. is engaged in building efficiency, automotive experience, and power solutions businesses worldwide. Johnson Controls has a market cap of $30.1 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are down 12.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Johnson Controls a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Johnson Controls as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Johnson Controls Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Tesla Motors ( TSLA) is up $2.28 (1.2%) to $192.44 on light volume. Thus far, 3.2 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 $187.10-$193.15 after having opened the day at $188.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $190.16.

Tesla Motors, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, and sells electric vehicles and electric vehicle powertrain components. Tesla Motors has a market cap of $22.9 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are up 26.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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 solid stock price performance, revenue growth and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins. 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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