3 Stocks Raising The Consumer Goods Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 52 points (0.3%) at 17,129 as of Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,998 issues advancing vs. 975 declining with 164 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the sector include BRF ( BRFS), up 2.1%, International Paper ( IP), up 1.1%, Royal Philips ( PHG), up 0.7%, Ecolab ( ECL), up 0.7% and Canon ( CAJ), up 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Nike ( NKE), down 0.6%, and Kimberly-Clark ( KMB), down 0.5%.

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

3. Keurig Green Mountain ( GMCR) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector higher today. As of noon trading, Keurig Green Mountain is up $1.56 (1.2%) to $135.76 on light volume. Thus far, 723,402 shares of Keurig Green Mountain exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $133.26-$136.00 after having opened the day at $134.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $134.20.

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Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. is engaged in the specialty coffee and coffeemaker businesses in the United States and Canada. The company operates through two segments, Domestic and Canada. Keurig Green Mountain has a market cap of $21.7 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are up 77.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Keurig Green Mountain a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Keurig Green Mountain as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Keurig Green Mountain Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, General Motors ( GM) is up $0.27 (0.8%) to $34.94 on light volume. Thus far, 3.6 million shares of General Motors exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.63-$35.00 after having opened the day at $34.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.67.

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General Motors Company (GM) designs, manufactures, and markets cars, crossovers, trucks, and automobile parts worldwide. General Motors has a market cap of $54.9 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are down 15.2% 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 sub par growth in net income. Get the full General Motors Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Tesla Motors ( TSLA) is up $1.35 (0.5%) to $263.90 on average volume. Thus far, 2.4 million shares of Tesla Motors exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $262.03-$265.50 after having opened the day at $264.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $262.55.

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Tesla Motors, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, and sells electric vehicles and electric vehicle powertrain components. Tesla Motors has a market cap of $32.0 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are up 74.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Tesla Motors a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Tesla Motors as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins. Get the full Tesla 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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