3 Consumer Non-Durables Stocks Driving The Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 92 points (0.6%) at 16,652 as of Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,209 issues advancing vs. 757 declining with 152 unchanged.

The Consumer Non-Durables industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.6%. A company within the industry that increased today was Kate Spade ( KATE), up 7.9%. A company within the industry that fell today was International Paper ( IP), up 0.8%.

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

3. Kimberly-Clark ( KMB) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Non-Durables industry higher today. As of noon trading, Kimberly-Clark is up $0.68 (0.6%) to $108.30 on average volume. Thus far, 572,626 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 $107.69-$108.60 after having opened the day at $108.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $107.62.

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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 $40.4 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 3.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Kimberly-Clark a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 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 revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Kimberly-Clark Ratings Report now.

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