RAI, PM And PG, 3 Consumer Goods Stocks Pushing The Sector Lower

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 79 points (-0.5%) at 16,635 as of Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,072 issues advancing vs. 1,895 declining with 174 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Toyota Motor ( TM), down 1.0%, Ford Motor ( F), down 0.9%, Nike ( NKE), down 0.7% and Colgate-Palmolive ( CL), down 0.6%.

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

3. Reynolds American ( RAI) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector lower today. As of noon trading, Reynolds American is down $0.62 (-1.1%) to $57.08 on light volume. Thus far, 884,153 shares of Reynolds American exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $56.87-$57.98 after having opened the day at $57.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.70.

Reynolds American Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells cigarette and other tobacco products in the United States. The company operates through RJR Tobacco, American Snuff, and Santa Fe segments. Reynolds American has a market cap of $30.3 billion and is part of the tobacco industry. Shares are up 14.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Reynolds American a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Reynolds American as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. 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 Reynolds American Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Philip Morris International ( PM) is down $0.73 (-0.9%) to $84.20 on average volume. Thus far, 1.9 million shares of Philip Morris International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $84.01-$85.17 after having opened the day at $85.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $84.93.

Philip Morris International Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells cigarettes and other tobacco products. The company's portfolio of brands include Marlboro, Merit, Parliament, Virginia Slims, L&M, Chesterfield, Bond Street, Lark, Muratti, Next, Philip Morris, and Red & White. Philip Morris International has a market cap of $132.0 billion and is part of the tobacco industry. Shares are down 3.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Philip Morris International a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Philip Morris International as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its expanding profit margins over time. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Philip Morris International Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Procter & Gamble ( PG) is down $0.44 (-0.5%) to $81.51 on average volume. Thus far, 4.5 million shares of Procter & Gamble exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $81.18-$82.23 after having opened the day at $82.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $81.95.

The Procter & Gamble Company, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells branded consumer packaged goods. The company operates through five segments: Beauty, Grooming, Health Care, Fabric Care and Home Care, and Baby Care and Family Care. Procter & Gamble has a market cap of $220.6 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are up 0.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Procter & Gamble a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Procter & Gamble as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Procter & Gamble 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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