3 Stocks Advancing The Consumer Goods Sector

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 91 points (-0.5%) at 16,894 as of Thursday, July 10, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 864 issues advancing vs. 2,123 declining with 163 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits down 1.0% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%. A company within the sector that increased today was Archer-Daniels Midland ( ADM), up 2.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Royal Philips ( PHG), down 2.4%, Toyota Motor ( TM), down 1.6% and Philip Morris International ( PM), down 1.2%.

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

3. TRW Automotive Holdings ( TRW) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector higher today. As of noon trading, TRW Automotive Holdings is up $6.32 (6.9%) to $97.72 on heavy volume. Thus far, 5.4 million shares of TRW Automotive Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 840,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $89.47-$98.98 after having opened the day at $90.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $91.40.

TRW Automotive Holdings Corp., together with its subsidiaries, supplies automotive systems, modules, and components to automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and related aftermarkets. TRW Automotive Holdings has a market cap of $10.1 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are up 22.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate TRW Automotive Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates TRW Automotive Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, increase in net income, attractive valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full TRW Automotive Holdings Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Lorillard ( LO) is up $1.09 (1.7%) to $64.10 on average volume. Thus far, 2.2 million shares of Lorillard exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $62.07-$64.68 after having opened the day at $62.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.01.

Lorillard, Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells cigarettes in the United States. The company operates through two segments, Cigarettes and Electronic Cigarettes. Lorillard has a market cap of $22.8 billion and is part of the tobacco industry. Shares are up 24.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Lorillard a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lorillard as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Lorillard Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Coca-Cola ( KO) is up $0.23 (0.6%) to $42.18 on average volume. Thus far, 5.9 million shares of Coca-Cola exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.55-$42.25 after having opened the day at $41.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.95.

The Coca-Cola Company, a beverage company, manufactures and distributes coke, diet coke, and other soft drinks worldwide. The company primarily offers nonalcoholic beverages, including sparkling beverages and still beverages. Coca-Cola has a market cap of $184.3 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are up 1.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Coca-Cola a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 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 expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, reasonable valuation levels and notable return on equity. 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 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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