3 Stocks Dragging The Consumer Goods Sector Downward

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 74 points (-0.4%) at 17,027 as of Monday, July 21, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 889 issues advancing vs. 2,085 declining with 146 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Rock-Tenn Company Class A ( RKT), down 4.8%, Monster Beverage ( MNST), down 3.5%, Mattel ( MAT), down 2.1%, International Paper ( IP), down 1.7% and Royal Philips ( PHG), down 1.0%. A company within the sector that increased today was Michael Kors Holdings ( KORS), up 1.9%.

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

3. Kimberly-Clark ( KMB) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector lower today. As of noon trading, Kimberly-Clark is down $0.99 (-0.9%) to $112.30 on average volume. Thus far, 889,710 shares of Kimberly-Clark exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $112.14-$113.16 after having opened the day at $113.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $113.29.

Kimberly-Clark Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets personal care, consumer tissue, and health care products worldwide. It operates through four segments: Personal Care, Consumer Tissue, K-C Professional, and Health Care. Kimberly-Clark has a market cap of $43.0 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are up 7.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Kimberly-Clark a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kimberly-Clark as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, increase in net income, reasonable valuation levels, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Kimberly-Clark Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Mondelez International Inc Class A ( MDLZ) is down $0.25 (-0.7%) to $38.23 on light volume. Thus far, 2.6 million shares of Mondelez International Inc Class A exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.02-$38.48 after having opened the day at $38.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.48.

Mondelez International, Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets snack food and beverage products worldwide. Mondelez International Inc Class A has a market cap of $64.5 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are up 7.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Mondelez International Inc Class A a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mondelez International Inc Class A as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Mondelez International Inc Class A Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Altria Group ( MO) is down $0.24 (-0.6%) to $41.93 on average volume. Thus far, 3.9 million shares of Altria Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.45-$42.05 after having opened the day at $41.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.17.

Altria Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells cigarettes, smokeless products, and wine in the United States and internationally. Altria Group has a market cap of $83.1 billion and is part of the tobacco industry. Shares are up 9.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Altria Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Altria Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Altria Group 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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