3 Consumer Goods Stocks On The Rise

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 7 points (0.0%) at 16,563 as of Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,349 issues advancing vs. 1,605 declining with 179 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. A company within the sector that increased today was Icahn ( IEP), up 1.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Kate Spade ( KATE), down 22.6%, Flowers Foods ( FLO), down 3.9%, Michael Kors Holdings ( KORS), down 3.0%, Hanesbrands ( HBI), down 1.6% and Reynolds American ( RAI), down 1.2%.

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 $0.66 (0.6%) to $117.42 on average volume. Thus far, 150,551 shares of Toyota Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 315,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $116.83-$117.55 after having opened the day at $117.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $116.76.

Toyota Motor Corporation designs, manufactures, assembles, and sells passenger cars, minivans, commercial vehicles, and related parts and accessories in Japan, North America, Europe, Asia, and internationally. It operates through Automotive, Financial Services, and All Other segments. Toyota Motor has a market cap of $186.4 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are down 4.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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, compelling growth in net income, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. 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, Ford Motor ( F) is up $0.15 (0.9%) to $17.32 on average volume. Thus far, 15.7 million shares of Ford Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 26.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $17.14-$17.41 after having opened the day at $17.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.17.

Ford Motor Company develops, manufactures, distributes, and services vehicles, parts, and accessories worldwide. The company operates through two sectors, Automotive and Financial Services. The Automotive sector offers vehicles primarily under the Ford and Lincoln brand names. Ford Motor has a market cap of $65.1 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are up 11.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Ford Motor a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ford Motor as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, attractive valuation levels, growth in earnings per share, notable return on equity and increase in stock price during the past year. 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 Ford Motor Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, General Motors ( GM) is up $0.19 (0.6%) to $33.99 on light volume. Thus far, 5.2 million shares of General Motors exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.70-$34.14 after having opened the day at $33.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.80.

General Motors Company (GM) designs, manufactures, and markets cars, crossovers, trucks, and automobile parts worldwide. General Motors has a market cap of $53.8 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are down 17.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate General Motors a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates General Motors as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full General 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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