3 Stocks Improving Performance Of The Consumer Goods Sector

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 37 points (-0.2%) at 16,809 as of Friday, June 27, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,843 issues advancing vs. 1,114 declining with 177 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Keurig Green Mountain ( GMCR), up 3.6%, Nike ( NKE), up 1.6% and Apple ( AAPL), up 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Philip Morris International ( PM), down 2.5%, and Canon ( CAJ), down 0.8%.

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

3. Toyota Motor ( TM) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector higher today. As of noon trading, Toyota Motor is up $1.09 (0.9%) to $118.74 on average volume. Thus far, 190,142 shares of Toyota Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 424,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $118.61-$118.94 after having opened the day at $118.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $117.65.

Toyota Motor Corporation engages in the design, manufacture, assembly, and sale of passenger cars, minivans, commercial vehicles, and related parts and accessories primarily in Japan, North America, Europe, and Asia. It operates through Automotive, Financial Services, and All Other segments. Toyota Motor has a market cap of $186.2 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are down 3.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Toyota Motor a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Toyota Motor as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, good cash flow from operations, notable return on equity and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Toyota Motor Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Ecolab ( ECL) is up $1.28 (1.2%) to $108.54 on average volume. Thus far, 419,352 shares of Ecolab exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 834,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $106.85-$108.73 after having opened the day at $106.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $107.26.

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 $32.3 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are up 2.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. 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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1. As of noon trading, Tesla Motors ( TSLA) is up $3.49 (1.5%) to $239.09 on average volume. Thus far, 2.8 million shares of Tesla Motors exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $234.50-$239.44 after having opened the day at $234.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $235.60.

Tesla Motors, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, and sells electric vehicles and electric vehicle powertrain components. Tesla Motors has a market cap of $29.4 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are up 56.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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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