Today's Stocks Driving Success For The Consumer Goods Sector

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 32 points (-0.2%) at 17,036 as of Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,537 issues advancing vs. 1,470 declining with 140 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. A company within the sector that increased today was Colgate-Palmolive ( CL), up 0.6%.

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

3. Harley-Davidson ( HOG) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector higher today. As of noon trading, Harley-Davidson is up $1.35 (2.1%) to $65.62 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Harley-Davidson exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $64.30-$65.88 after having opened the day at $64.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.27.

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Harley-Davidson, Inc. manufactures cruiser and touring motorcycles. The company operates in two segments, Motorcycles & Related Products and Financial Services. Harley-Davidson has a market cap of $14.1 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are down 7.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Harley-Davidson a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Harley-Davidson as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Harley-Davidson Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, International Paper ( IP) is up $1.56 (3.2%) to $49.90 on heavy volume. Thus far, 3.5 million shares of International Paper exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.17-$50.02 after having opened the day at $48.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.34.

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International Paper Company operates as a paper and packaging company in North America, Europe, Latin America, Russia, Asia, and the Middle East. International Paper has a market cap of $20.7 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are down 1.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate International Paper a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates International Paper as a buy. The company's strongest point has been its expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full International Paper Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, General Motors ( GM) is up $0.25 (0.8%) to $33.54 on average volume. Thus far, 5.2 million shares of General Motors exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.15-$33.70 after having opened the day at $33.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.29.

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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 $53.1 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are down 18.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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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